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Kitty in snow helps patient during chemotherapy

Five-year-old Hello Kitty fan Berkley received a surprise outside of her window during treatment for neuroblastoma.


Promoting healthy development in kids during and after cancer treatment

Going through cancer treatment is difficult at any age. But because kids' bodies are rapidly growing and developing, they are more susceptible to long-term side effects that can hinder physical, cognitive and emotional development.

Long-Term Follow-Up Clinical Care

Nearly 90 percent of children with cancer will survive into adulthood. However, 60 percent of the children, adolescents and young adults who have been cured of cancer may be affected for months or years by their disease or the treatment they received. Children’s Long-Term Follow-Up (LTFU) Clinic monitors cancer survivors for late effects of cancer and treatment, addresses any problems that may occur and provides recommendations for future screening and follow-up to manage health risks. This information can then be shared with care providers, including primary care or other specialists.

Resources for Living with Cancer

Living with cancer is complicated, but the Children’s Minnesota team can help. This is an important time in your life, and we’re here to help you make the most of it before, during and after your treatment.

Sexual Health and Fertility

Although it might not be the first thing you think about after a cancer diagnosis, your intimate relationships and your ability to have children in the future may be affected by your cancer and cancer treatments.

About AYA Cancer

When you’re a teen or young adult with cancer, you can feel isolated from people your age. After all, your life is really different from the lives of your friends and peers. However, you’re not alone. Approximately 70,000 young people between the ages of 15 and 39 are diagnosed with cancer in the U.S. each year. Adolescent and young adult (AYA) cancer is a medical specialty focusing specifically on treating cancer and blood disorders in people your age.

Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer

Like most people between the ages of 15 and 30, you probably have a lot going on in your life—school, your career, relationships or maybe even starting a family. But if you’ve been recently diagnosed with cancer, everything seems to change overnight: Getting healthy becomes the top priority.

Shine Bright Bash 2017

September 9, 2017, 6 p.m. – 11 p.m., Minneapolis

Proceeds from the Shine Bright Bash benefit the Cancer and Blood Disorders Program at Children’s – one of the top pediatric hospitals in the nation for cancer and blood disorder care.

Pine Tree Apple Classic

January 1, 1970, 12 a.m. – 12 a.m., White Bear Lake

Each year, thousands of children are diagnosed with cancer, severely affecting what many of us take for granted – the ability to have a healthy childhood. The mission of the Pine Tree Apple Tennis Classic (PTATC) is to host an annual mixed doubles tennis tournament to raise funds that primarily support research to lessen the suffering caused by childhood cancer. Funds raised benefit the cancer research program at Children’s Minnesota.

Vito’s superhero spirit

Vito has spent most of his two years of life battling brain cancer at Children’s Minnesota while donning his signature superhero capes. Through difficult times, he teaches his family to always laugh and cherish the little things in life.