Effects of Childhood Cancer Can Linger Long After Disease Is Gone
This is certainly the aim of the Cook Children's program,
although Murray says they are still learning. "It will take years for our
specialty to refocus on survivors," he says. "We have spent the last 20 years
focused on the cure; now we're dealing with our success."
According to McKee, they already are doing a good job. "I go in
once a year for a checkup. It's not that I have to go in, but that I like to go
in," he says, adding that they give him emotional support and he looks forward
to seeing the doctors and nurses. "I don't know what I'll do if I have to go to
a regular adult hospital."