The challenges for kids with sarcoma don’t end when they hit five years cancer-free. Like survivors of other childhood cancers, these kids are at higher risk for heart disease, diabetes, kidney failure, and a host of other problems as they grow up. The Sarcoma Survivorship Program headed by St. Baldrick’s researcher Dr. Laurence Baker aims to help survivors of childhood cancer overcome those issues and live long and healthy lives.
The Sarcoma Survivorship Program team, from left to right: cardio-oncologist Dr. Monika Leja, medical oncologist Dr. Larry Baker, nurse practitioner Amira Deep, and cardiology nurse Kelly Siedlik.
There’s a terrible reality faced by sarcoma survivors — that the therapies needed to treat their cancer, like chemotherapy and radiation, can then cause other health problems and even shorten their lives years after being cured.
Dr. Laurence Baker created the Sarcoma Survivorship Clinic at the University of Michigan’s Frankel Cardiovascular Center to intervene in that cycle.