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Late Effects, Assessment & Follow-Up

The Late Effects, Assessment and Follow-Up (LEAF) Clinic is for adults who have survived childhood cancer.
About

Are you an adult who has survived childhood cancer? 

BC Cancer Agency and BC Children’s Hospital have created the Adult Childhood Cancer Survivors Program for childhood cancer survivors. 

As part of this program, a new clinic called the Late Effects, Assessment and Follow-up (LEAF) Clinic is open to ensure that adult cancer survivors are getting the best care. 

Children treated for cancer are at risk for health complications later in life. These health issues are called “late effects”. Late effects change over time. Information about late effects also changes, so it is important for survivors to have up-to-date information. 

This program will help you get the latest information, support and ongoing assessment of late effects. 

Late effects are different for every survivor and are dependent on diagnosis, age and treatment. Your information will help us support future survivors.

How can the LEAF Clinic help you?

  • You can meet with a nurse practitioner or physician in person, by video-conference, or by telephone
  • You can discuss your physical and emotional health with our team of experts
  • You can get information about your past cancer treatments
  • You can get information and advice about late effects and learn about any recommended tests 
  • You can contribute to research about late effects
  • You can meet with a counsellor to get advice on income, education and work
  • We can provide support to you, your family and your caregivers
  • This program can be part of your regular health care 

Eligibility

We accept patients who:

  • Are residents of British Columbia, Canada
  • Have active BC MSP (medical services plan) coverage
  • Were diagnosed with cancer at age 17 or younger
  • Finished treatment more than 5 years ago 
  • Are now over the age of 17 and are not being followed by BC Children’s Hospital
If you were diagnosed with cancer over the age of 17, please contact us and we will connect you with the appropriate resources.

If you are a resident of BC but were treated for cancer outside of BC as a child you can attend the LEAF clinic. Our team will work with you to get your medical records from your place of treatment.

Your visit

Many children survive childhood cancers and grow to be adults. We are learning from these adult childhood cancer survivors. We now know that children treated for cancer face an 80% chance of health risks (late effects) from their treatment later in life. We want to share information with adult childhood cancer survivors and provide advice, support and screening for late effects.

The LEAF Clinic is for anyone who is a resident of BC. Appointments are offered in person in Vancouver, by video conference and by telephone. 

There is no cost to access the LEAF clinic. Patients of the LEAF clinic must be covered by BC's Medical Services Program.

Prepare

Before you first appointment our team will review your treatment history. Please bring any information about any health problems and treatments you have had since your cancer experience.

The type of tests you need depend on your past cancer diagnosis and treatment. Our team will review your medical history and develop a customized plan for each survivor.

You can bring a family member, care giver, or other supporters to your appointment.

If you are a parent or guardian of a childhood cancer survivor your child has to be with you to discuss their care. We will only discuss care if the survivor is present and would like you to attend.

To follow-up on results patients can meet with a nurse practitioner or physician in person, by video-conference or by telephone.

Cancellation

Please call us as soon as possible if you need to cancel your appointment.

Location & parking

The LEAF Clinic is located in suite 1216 (12th floor) of the Fairmont Medical Building, 750 West Broadway, Vancouver. Public transit is accessible through bus routes 9, 17 and 99. The Canada Line Broadway-City Hall sky train station is 3 blocks east of the clinic.

There is a pay parking lot for the Fairmont Medical Building with an entrance off of Willow Street. There are many pay parking lots in the area, as well as metered parking during certain hours. Parking cost will be not be reimbursed by the clinic.

Travelling from out of town?

If you live outside of Vancouver but would like to come to the clinic in person please contact our clinic counsellor for assistance with travel.

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