Upon completion of their cancer treatments, Children’s Blood & Cancer Center (CBCC) patients are enrolled into the Passport for Care® Survivorship Care Plan. This user-friendly, web-based program guides cancer survivors and their healthcare providers in making lifelong healthcare decisions to maximize their quality of life.
Passport for Care® Survivorship Care Plan was created by faculty of Baylor College of Medicine and Texas Children’s Cancer Center in Houston and developed in collaboration with the Children’s Oncology Group, the world’s largest organization devoted exclusively to childhood and adolescent cancer research.
The quality of a pediatric cancer survivor’s life depends on the screening for and management of potential late-effects of cancer therapies. Survivors of pediatric cancer will most likely see numerous primary care providers and healthcare specialists throughout their lifetimes. Because most physicians are not familiar with the specialized needs of cancer survivors, Passport for Care® Survivorship Care Plan essentially helps to make every physician a survivorship expert.
The Passport for Care® Survivorship Care Plan includes the individual survivor’s end-of-treatment care summary and comprehensive care plan that:
- helps physicians understand a survivor’s risk for serious long-term complications;
- ensures consistent survivorship follow up care, including cancer prevention and health maintenance, by recommending ongoing monitoring, screenings, and exams;
- provides “Health Links” specific to the patient’s diagnosis and treatment plans;
- provides general cancer screening guidelines that will follow the patient through his or her lifetime;
- provides references for the many issues that can affect childhood cancer survivors.