1 in 5 live at least 30 years after diagnosis without chronic health conditions
1 in 4 live at least 30 years but face mild to moderate chronic health conditions
1 in 5 live at least 30 years but face life-threatening or disabling chronic health conditions
About 1 in 3 die from late effects from their past cancer treatment
Late effects are those “unwanted stowaways” or chronic health conditions that can haunt childhood cancer survivors years-decades after treatment has stopped. Late effects are “Individualized,” meaning survivor specific; based on each survivor’s type of cancer and location, age at diagnosis, genetic makeup, and treatment exposure (chemotherapy, radiation, surgery.)
The “CURE” can have some unwelcome “stowaways”, one or multiple side effects, some of which may not appear for years after treatment. These side effects include issues related to growth and development, heart disease, in-fertility, sterility, thyroid dysfunction, learning disabilities, secondary cancers, and many more that can which can cause problems with a survivors overall quality of life. Despite early strides in research and treatment focused on curing pediatric cancer, thousands of children and adolescents undoubtedly traded one disease for another.
SurvivorVision® was founded to help these individuals find their new normal and help them “thirve” after cancer! References *: American Cancer Society/Childhood Cancer Survivorship Study
SurvivorVision® is dedicated to the future of childhood cancer survivors. We have shown this by enabling programs to provide life-long survivorship care, funding educational and empowerment events to help survivors see that life does go on after cancer, and investing in our young adult survivors future by funding scholarships.