A long term follow-up clinic for childhood cancer survivors
The HOPE (Helping Oncology Patients Excel) Survivorship Program was created in 1987 to provide support, follow-up healthcare and healthy lifestyle recommendations for childhood cancer survivors of all ages. Our services are becoming more important as the cancer survival rate continues to climb. In the 1960s, only 5% of children survived leukemia; today more than 80% 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 Survivorship Program?
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 more than 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 more than 850 childhood cancer survivors and their families by providing multidisciplinary care to address their unique needs.
Preparing for your visit
Though some patients may require more than one visit, initial appointments are multidisciplinary and last approximately three hours. During the appointment, you'll have the opportunity to meet with the following members of our team:
• Pediatric oncology physician
• Physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner
• Social worker
• Nurse coordinator/educator
During your appointment, your child will receive a physical exam, we’ll discuss past treatment and your child’s 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 your child 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.
After your initial visit in the HOPE Survivorship Program, your child will return to our clinic annually for a thorough evaluation, risk assessments and health education -- as well as continue to be followed by your primary care provider.
Follow-up appointments will be much shorter and include a physical exam with the physician or nurse practitioner, as well as meeting with a nurse educator. Recommended tests and screenings will also be done at this time. We will continue to monitor for late effects, provide health education and refer you to other specialists as necessary.
Our clinic treats oncology and bone marrow transplant survivors on the first and third Thursday of each month, as well as the second Tuesday of each month. We also hold outreach clinics in Grand Junction and Colorado Spring each year
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