eLearning: Survivorship and late complications of childhood and adolescent cancer

Monday 14 August, 2017


In Victoria, approximately 200 children and adolescents (under 17 years old) are diagnosed with a malignant cancer each year. With advances in treatments, survival rates for childhood cancer have improved dramatically over the last few decades, with overall 5 year relative survival currently at 83%.

There is increasing evidence that a significant proportion of survivors of childhood cancer will experience health problems later in life as a result of their disease and/or treatment. To meet the needs of childhood cancer survivors, the Paediatric Integrated Cancer Service (PICS) established the state-wide Long Term Follow-up Program. This program provides survivors with structured early intervention screening assessments that focus on early recognition of health and developmental concerns, delivering personalised treatment and surveillance plans. Part of this program includes supported transition from the paediatric setting to adult and community based health services for continued follow-up into adulthood.

PICS has developed a series of eight eLearning modules on survivorship and the importance of lifelong follow-up for patients treated for childhood and adolescent cancer. The series includes an overview of late complications and the need for long term follow-up care, information on the PICS Long Term Follow-up Program, and discipline specific late complications information related to fertility, clinical neuropsychology, nutrition, endocrinology, radiotherapy and social work.

These modules can be found on the PICS website https://pics.org.au/health-professionals/professional-development/elearning/late-complications/

To learn more about the PICS Long Term Follow-up Program visit https://pics.org.au/health-professionals/long-term-follow-up-program/ or contact the program on ltf.program@rch.org.au


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