HOPE Survivorship Program for Pediatric Cancer Survivors
A long term follow-up clinic for childhood cancer survivors
The H.O.P.E. (Helping Oncology Patients Excel) Survivorship Program was created in 1987 to provide support, follow-up health care and healthy lifestyle recommendations for childhood cancer survivors of all ages. Our services are becoming more important as the cancer survival rate climbs; in the 1960’s five percent of children survived leukemia, today more than 80 percent survive.
HOPE is one of the nation’s first programs focused on cancer survivorship and helping survivors manage potential late effects that may have resulted from diagnosis and/or treatment. We are committed to helping each survivor live the healthiest and fullest life possible.
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Why come to The HOPE Clinic?
Pediatric cancer survivors may have special health needs as a result of late side effects of their cancer that can include heart and lung complications, hormone disorders, secondary cancer, learning disabilities, low self-esteem, post-traumatic stress disorder and infertility. As experts in pediatric cancer survival, we’re able to offer the guidance and support you may need.
Our team has over 50 years of combined experience in treating the late effects of pediatric cancer. As the only pediatric cancer survivorship program in Colorado and neighboring states, HOPE serves patients from Wyoming, Montana and Colorado. Together we have served the needs of over 850 childhood cancer survivors and their families by providing multidisciplinary care to address their unique needs.
Though some patients may require more than one visit, appointments last approximately three hours and offer the opportunity to meet with the following members of our health care team:
- Pediatric oncology physician
- Physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner
- Social worker
- Nurse coordinator/educator
Any lab work, x-rays or other tests you may need will be scheduled the morning before your HOPE clinic visit. Appointments with other services may be scheduled as needed, such as radiation oncology, endocrinology, urology, cardiology, and pulmonary, as well as integrative medicine.
During your appointment, you’ll receive a physical exam, we’ll discuss your past treatment and your current health, make healthy lifestyle recommendations and answer any questions you may have. You’ll leave with a wallet-sized Survivorship Care Plan. This Plan will include your treatment history, as well as suggestions for you and your primary healthcare provider that will help keep you as healthy as possible.
*The HOPE Survivorship Program is available for childhood cancer survivors of any age who are five years or more past diagnosis and two years or more off therapy.
*Your initial visit to the HOPE clinic is available regardless of ability to pay.
Our consultative clinic treats oncology and bone marrow transplant survivors of the third Thursday of each month. We also hold an outreach clinic in Grand Junction several times per year.