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Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program

The overall survival rate for childhood cancer today is 80% with over 300,000 survivors in the United States. But many survivors experience chronic late effects of their treatment, including both medical and psychosocial problems. Childhood cancer survivors require specialized care with a focus on surveillance and management of late effects, patient and family education, coordination with primary care and other specialty providers, psychosocial support, and assistance in transitioning from pediatric to adult-oriented health care. UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Oakland is proud to offer these comprehensive services through our Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program.

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Why Families Choose Us

Goals of Our Program

  • Provide expert medical care for survivors of childhood cancer
  • Enhance education of our patients and families
  • Enhance education of our physicians in training and community health care providers
  • Facilitate ongoing research efforts aimed at improving the long-term outcome and quality of life for survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer

Who Can Participate

The Survivors of Childhood Cancer Program is available to all children, adolescents and young adults who have been in remission at least 2 years after treatment for any childhood cancer, or who received a stem cell transplantation for another childhood disease. Patients who received their treatment at any institution are welcome.

Meet Our Team

  • Oncologists:
  • Clinic Coordinator: Patricia Murphy, RN
  • Clinical Psychologist: Dina Hankin, PhD
  • Medical Social Worker: Keri Rash, LCSW
  • Clinical Research Associate: Tanya Lerma
  • Clinical Nutritionist: Mary Lesser, PhD, RD
  • Other Specialists:
    • Endocrinology
    • Medical Genetics: Lianne Abrams, MS, LCGC

What To Expect

All patients seen in our program will receive:

  • Comprehensive medical history and physical exam
  • Evaluation and support from our psychologist and social workers
  • Comprehensive cancer treatment summary
  • Survivorship care plan
  • Children’s Oncology Group Health Links describing pertinent late effects
  • Access to the internet-based secure Passport for Care Survivor Portal
  • Referrals, laboratory testing, and diagnostic imaging (if needed)