The cancer experience is different for every child who goes through it. But for many children, and the families who support them, the medical and psychosocial effects of that experience can linger like a shadow. That is why the Heller Center for Kids with Cancer at OSF HealthCare Children’s Hospital of Illinois has developed THRIVE, or Tools for Healing, Resiliency, Information, Vitality, and Empowerment. The THRIVE team is there for children who have been off therapy for five years up until they are 18, or ten years beyond therapy, whichever is longer.
THRIVE equips patients and their families with the tools they need to move out into life beyond cancer with confidence. Teens who remember their fear as children can get help coping with the anxiety of awaiting periodic scans and test results. Resources are available to facilitate the transition back to “regular” primary care with education for knowing when to call the oncology clinic. With THRIVE, patients can learn to recognize the residual effects of their cancer experience and apply the tools and help they need to keep moving forward.
You can help children THRIVE right here, right now.