Funding: NCI RO1 CA106914
During the past 30 years survival rates from childhood cancer have increased dramatically. Now 79% of children diagnosed with cancer are expected to survive long-term. As a result, approximately 1 in every 1000 adults is a long-term childhood cancer survivor. With increasing survival, late health effects and secondary cancers following chemotherapy, irradiation and multi-modal treatments have become the focus of survivorship. Late effects from cancer and its treatment are a growing concern for childhood cancer survivors. With active screening and targeted interventions health behaviors can be altered to improve quality of life and health outcomes among this medically vulnerable population. The proposed project will examine survivors’ knowledge of late effects, whether this information is associated with feeling vulnerable or worried, the impact of this information on positive and negative mood and whether survivors engage in healthy behaviors. Through a subcontract with the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, the Alcohol Research Group will assist in the development of the concept proposal, study instrument and project protocol development.