An Overview of Transition Issues in AYA Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Presentation Description: For the survivors of childhood or adolescent cancer, life-long follow-up is recommended to ensure appropriate surveillance for late complications of treatment and psychosocial support. In order to accomplish this, transition of follow-up care from pediatric to adult-focused providers is necessary. In addition, transition from adolescence to young adulthood raises numerous issues characteristic of the cancer survivor, including ensuring access to appropriate care, maintaining health insurance, finishing formal education, choosing a vocation, and adapting to new roles in the family and society. Many of these are especially acute for survivors with neuro-cognitive deficits. This panel utilized case vignettes to frame these issues and stimulate open discussion highlighting the challenges and strategies for addressing them.


Kevin C. Oeffinger, MD
Full Member and Attending
Director, MSKCC Adult Long-Term Follow-Up Program
Department of Pediatrics and Medicine
Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York

Wendy Hobbie, MSN, PNP-BC, FAAN
Associate Director
Cancer Survivorship Program
The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

David R. Freyer, DO, MS
Director, LIFE Cancer Survivorship & Transition Program
Children’s Center for Cancer and Blood Diseases
Children’s Hospital Los Angeles
Professor of Clinical Pediatrics
Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California

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