Survivors of childhood cancer can protect their health during and after cancer treatment by making healthy choices like staying active, eating right, and getting regular healthcare exams from someone familiar with their unique health history. The CBCC staff is here to help patients through the cancer journey and survivorship.
- By participating in CBCC events, patients and their families can have fun with other patients and families while building a strong support system. Events include the annual St. Baldrick’s Fair, Hungry Bunch teen support, Survivor Challenge physical activity group and special holiday parties.
- Psychologists are available in the CBCC Embedded Behavioral Health Clinic to provide emotional support to patients, siblings and their families and caregivers.
- The CBCC Psychosocial Team provides services to support the academic needs of patients and target late effects of cancer treatment that impede learning.
- To maintain good health after cancer, it’s important for cancer survivors to get regular health exams from someone familiar with their unique history and treatment. Two years after treatments end, CBCC patients will begin annual visits to the CBCC Survivorship Clinic. The CBCC survivorship team will enroll survivors into Passport for Care® to create an online survivorship care plan that documents their medical history and identifies their individual risks for late effects from cancer treatment. Survivors will have access to their online records and will be able to provide their medical histories to all doctors who care for them throughout their lifetimes.
- Once CBCC survivorship patients turn 18, they are transitioned to the Seton Cancer Survivor Center.
You can learn more about health and wellness during and after treatment for childhood cancer by visiting the following:
- Diet and Physical Activity in Cancer Survivorship is a Health link from the Children’s Oncology Group.
- The National Cancer Institute Nutrition in Cancer Care is a webpage discussing side effects during treatment.
- The National Cancer Institute Eating Hints: Before, During and After Cancer Treatment – Downloadable pdf in English and Spanish.
- The Sustainable Food Center is an Austin nonprofit organization that offers nutrition classes for cancer survivors.
- HEAL Well is a cancer nutrition guide by the American Institute for Cancer Research, LIVESTRONG Foundation and Meals to Heal. Downloadable pdf.
- LIVESTRONG at the YMCA is a free/low cost exercise programs for cancer survivors – Downloadable pdf.
- The Cancer-Fighting Kitchen: Nourishing, Big-Flavor Recipes for Cancer Treatment and Recovery – cookbook written by Rebecca Katz and available through Amazon.
- American Cancer Society Nutrition for Children with Cancer – Downloadable information guides in English and Spanish.
- Healthy Kids website by the American Institute for Cancer Research – cancer prevention for kids.
- The USDA offers the SuperTracker website to create personalized activity and nutrition plans and track food and exercise activities.
- USDA’s What’s Cooking website offers healthy recipes in English and Spanish.
- The USDA’s Choose My Plate website offers nutrition information and guidelines.
- Whole Kids Foundation is a children’s nutrition website by Whole Foods dedicated to help kids eat better and enjoy food.
- Chop Chop Cooking Club is an 0nline cooking club for kids.
- Ellyn Satter Institute is a nutrition resource for parents by Ellyn, Satter, the internationally recognized authority on eating and feeding.
- Cook for Your Life offers online healthy recipes for people touched by cancer.
- The Oley Foundation offers a website for people living on IV nutrition and tube feeding.
- Childhood Cancer Survivors –A Practical Guide to your Future, written by: Nancy Keene, Wendy Hobbie and Kathy Ruccione. Other books regarding cancer and cancer survivorship can be found at Childhood Cancer Guides.
- Children with Cancer: Positive Benefits of Camp is a Camp Magazine article by the American Camp Association, to help families understand the benefits camps have on children with cancer.
- How To Tell Your Friends You Still Need Them (Even After Cancer) is an article written by Sam Rose, a cancer survivor herself.