LIFE Cancer Survivorship & Transition Program

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LIFE Cancer Survivorship & Transition Program

LONG-TERM INFORMATION, FOLLOW-UP AND EVALUATION (LIFE) CANCER SURVIVORSHIP & TRANSITION PROGRAM


Providing Comprehensive Services for Survivors of Childhood and Adolescent Cancer.

The LIFE Cancer Survivorship & Transition Program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles provides services that help empower cancer survivors to embrace their future as healthy and fulfilled individuals. The program, started nearly 20 years ago, is a key part of the Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases.

Services offered, include:
  • Medical evaluation and care management
  • Emotional and social support
  • Health education
  • Assistance with transition health care to adult medical centers

Many young adult survivors also need assistance with obtaining health insurance, continuing school education, and finding meaningful work that is a good fit for the individual. To meet these needs, the LIFE Clinic offers a special program for continuing care of adult survivors of childhood cancer, called the Adolescent and Young Adult Program.

The “Meaning of LIFE” at Our Hospital

The LIFE Program’s services are available through the LIFE Clinic, which is staffed by a team of specialists including a physician, nurse practitioners and a medical social worker, with expertise in providing long-term follow up services to survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer. In addition, the team conducts research and provides professional training experiences in cancer survivorship for health professionals.

Understanding the Need for Survivorship Services

Success in treating childhood cancer has led to an overall survival rate of more than 80 percent. Today, there are more than 300,000 survivors of childhood cancer in the United States. About one in every 600 young adults in America is a childhood cancer survivor—a number that will continue to increase as more patients become survivors.

Most survivors are relatively healthy, both physically and emotionally, and enjoy a good quality of life. However, research clearly shows that others have to deal with persisting health problems that result from their cancer diagnosis or its treatment, called late effects. Late effects develop because of cancer treatments, including surgery, irradiation and chemotherapy, and may affect the development of young children, whose cells and tissues are vulnerable to permanent damage.

The Care You Need

Experts recommend that all childhood cancer survivors receive life-long care to monitor for the development of late effects, to detect them as early as possible, to manage them when they occur, and to prevent or reduce the risk for late effects, whenever possible. In addition, each survivor and his/her family should be well-informed, through education, about what late effects might occur and how the risks can be reduced by taking practical steps to stay healthy.

Young Adulthood and Beyond

Once the childhood cancer survivor becomes an adult, long-term follow-up care should include physicians and other health care providers, who are experts in adult care. The care should also be provided in an environment that is more suitable for adults. This switch from child-oriented to adult-focused care is called transition of care, and life-long monitoring for late effects must continue.

In the News

Young Adult Cancer Survivor Calls LIFE Program “Amazing”

LIFE Survivorship Partnership Provides Better Follow-Up

CONTACT US

LIFE Cancer Survivorship & Transition Program
Children's Hospital Los Angeles
4650 Sunset Blvd., MS# 54
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Phone: 323-361-8953
Fax: 323-361-8767
Email Us

Toll-Free LIFE Line
877-222-LIFE (5433)

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PROGRAM LEADERSHIP

David Freyer, DO, MS

 David Freyer, DO, MS
Director, LIFE Program