Childhood Cancer Survivors Program
The battle does not end with the completion of treatment. The intense and extensive medical treatment necessary to achieve a cure often creates additional challenges for the child during a period when they are developing emotionally, physically and intellectually. The type of follow-up prescribed is tailored to the treatment protocol that the child received and designed to provide early intervention aimed at decreasing life altering and life threatening complications. This program is designed to address and monitor these needs of children and provide early intervention.
Can DO Group
Participants are adult survivors of childhood cancer who are living with cognitive late effects related to their cancer treatments. These adults have profound problems with memory and they are slow in processing information. They suffer from hearing and vision loss, debilitating fatigue and problems with dizziness and balance. The group provides these adults with social experiences and learning opportunities that will enhance and improve their quality of life. The group meets approximately once a month. The objective is to bring these adults together in a safe and supportive environment where they can meet, talk and learn with other people who are experiencing the same types of daily challenges. The planned activities are designed to build confidence and improve daily living skills while developing healthy and meaningful relationships within the group. Participants have said that they like the group because they feel less alone now, and that there is nothing like “talking with others who know what you are going through”.
Several programs have been designed to address the needs of the young adult survivor of cancer. These include life skills, transitioning into adult care, and anxiety. All programs offered by the Kids with Cancer Society are available to survivors. These include and financial aid, support activities, bursaries, and assistive technology.