Long-term follow up in childhood cancer
Long-term follow-up clinics at the centres where children receive treatment are part of Children's Cancer Services in New Zealand. Once treatment has ended, your child's oncologist will continue to check your child at the hospital outpatient clinic. At some time over the following two to four years, the oncologist will discuss transfer into the long-term follow-up clinic.
The Late Effects Assessment Programme (LEAP) exists to help you with any possible long term problems you might have after treatment.
You may have some questions about how to keep well and healthy and what to worry about or not to worry about since you have finished your treatment for cancer, or an illness for which you had similar treatment. Attending a Late Effects Assessment Programme (LEAP) will give you the opportunity to get answers to those questions.
Your cancer or cancer treatment may cause problems with your ability to think and learn. Research indicates that survivors of childhood cancer are more likely to have learning difficulties than their peers. Attending the Late Effects Assessment Programme (LEAP) will help you identify if there is a problem and what you should do about that.
There is some important information for you to know if you have had anthracycline chemotherapy or radiation to your chest.
Certain types of treatment are more likely to cause problems with your teeth. Attending the Late Effects Assessment Programme (LEAP) will help you identify if there is a risk and what you should do about that.
Some cancers and cancer treaments can cause infertility. Attending the Late Effects Assessment Programme (LEAP) will help you understand what the risk might be and answer any other questions you might have.
You will want to know if your cancer and cancer treatment will affect your fertility. Some do and some don't. The Late Effects Assessment Programme (LEAP) can help.