Introducing the Adolescent and Young Adult Transition Clinic for survivors of childhood cancers

The Norton Cancer Institute Adolescent and Young Adult Transition Clinic is focused on helping patients age 18 and older who are childhood cancer survivors and have been off therapy for at least two years.

Adolescent and young adult cancer survivors have unique medical and emotional needs that often are overlooked as they make the transition to adulthood. These can range from issues with growth and bone density to depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

“Cancer care is very complex. The long-term effects can be debilitating, so having a good understanding of what those are is important,” said Patrick Williams, M.D., medical oncologist, Norton Cancer Institute.

The Norton Cancer Institute Adolescent and Young Adult Transition Clinic is focused on helping patients age 18 and older who are childhood cancer survivors and have been off therapy for at least two years.

Monitoring possible long-term effects of cancer treatments in addition to normal health concerns can be a challenge,

especially given the vast amounts of information primary care providers need to know and the time constraints they face, Dr. Williams said.

“We just want the patients to get the care they need and deserve and support the providers,” he said. “That’s the whole goal behind this. The way we designed this clinic is very intensive. We’re able to spend a lot of time with these folks to really discern what’s going on with them.”

Young adult cancer survivors have unique needs related to their treatment and experience. They often face such emotional issues as PTSD and survivor’s guilt and such physical issues as the long-term toxicity of chemotherapy and radiation therapy. For example, radiation can cause thyroid issues or a higher risk for breast cancer in young women.

Dr. Williams said primary care providers who want to check on specific long-term effects of particular childhood treatments can go to SurvivorshipGuidelines.org.

The Adolescent and Young Adult Transition Clinic offers patient navigators to help patients with disease-specific, long-term follow-up care.

Patient navigators can help with:
  • Assessing the physical, emotional and social needs of the patient and family
  • Scheduling appointments
  • Explaining screenings and procedures, exams and lab work Barriers to care
  • Barriers to care

The clinic also offers financial and nutritional counseling, disease-specific education and information, support groups and young adult outings and events.

Free services
  • Support groups
  • Professionally led cancer-related classes and seminars
  • Art, massage and music therapy
  • Reiki
  • Scheduling and coordinating studies to maximize maintenance and risk reduction
  • Referrals to community resources and support services

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