Childhood Cancer Survivor Treatment

Childhood Cancer Survivor Treatment

After the Cancer Experience (ACE)

U.S. News and World Report award for Cancer Treatment

The first and largest cancer survivor program in North Texas that bridges medical care from childhood to adult life within a centralized medical system

There are more than 270,000 childhood cancer survivors in the United States. The Gill Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders recognizes that cancer survivors have many unique medical issues and may be at risk of many severe side effects as a result of their cancer or its therapy. This nationally recognized program follows cancer patients who are disease-free and have been off therapy for at least two years. We provide the special care and resources that are customized for their unique medical and psychological needs.

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Conditions We Treat

Toxicities of Chemotherapy and Radiation such as:

  • Cardiomyopathy
  • Osteopenia
  • Growth Abnormalities
  • Infertility
  • Kidney problems
  • Second Malignancies

Preparing Cancer Survivors for Their Future

Each ACE Program participant receives a Cancer Treatment Summary that includes a description of their cancer diagnosis, detailed treatment information, complications encountered during treatment or any late effects, as well as a personalized plan for long-term follow-up care. Program highlights include:

  • Access to ACE Navigator, a unique computerized educational tool for adolescents, young adults and families
  • Routine screening for second malignancies
  • Education about risk factors and health maintenance
  • Simplified referrals to appropriate subspecialties and offers access to social services, Child life specialists and other services
  • Social worker dedicated to helping patients and their families cope with the challenges that may result from childhood cancer
  • Seamless transition of pediatric cancer survivors to adult services via the ACE Young Adult Program at UT Southwestern

Learn more about our support services and online resources.

At the Forefront of Medical Research

The ACE Program is a member of the Childhood Cancer Survivors Study (CCSS), the leading consortium in late effects research. Numerous studies from the CCSS have determined the frequency of late effects and identified risk factors for late effects in this childhood cancer survivors. ACE team members conduct and participate in research studies about the unique problems and needs of cancer survivors. Learn more about our innovative research.

Meet the Care Team