St. Jude LIFE Study

Pediatric cancer treatments save lives, but can increase health risks for survivors during adulthood. St. Jude LIFE is an unprecedented research study that brings long-term childhood cancer survivors back to St. Jude for regular health screenings throughout their adult lives.

To date, more than 4,300 participants and 580 controls have undergone comprehensive health evaluations through St. Jude LIFE. We track a wide range of health outcomes, using measures of cardiac, reproductive, neuromuscular, neurocognitive, and psychosocial function, among others. 

The unique findings from St. Jude LIFE are helping our survivors learn more about their individual health needs, and providing our researchers with novel insights into the late effects of cancer therapy.

To date, the study has made significant advances in:

  • Identifying new and unexpected late health effects 
  • Describing how cancer therapies impact organ function 
  • Developing innovative methods to monitor health risks
  • Whole genome sequencing
  • Describing the burden of chronic health conditions

By better identifying and tracking long-term health outcomes, our goal is to help survivors of childhood cancer take control of their health and enjoy longer, healthier adulthoods. 

Our insights are also helping St. Jude researchers develop improved cancer treatments to minimize the late effects of therapy.

St. Jude LIFE Staff

Faculty

Staff Physician

Research Scientists

Nurse Practitioners

  • Shekinah Andrews, RN, MSN, FNP-C

    Andrews

  • Leeann Carmichael, MSN, FNP-BC

    Carmichael

  • Eric Caron, MSN, RN, APN, FNP-BC

    Caron

  • Debbie Crom, PhD

    Crom

  • Karen Hale, RN, MSN, PPCNP-BC

    Hale

  • Debbie Redd, MSN BC-FNP

    Redd

  • Daniel Smith, DNP, APRN, FNP-BC

    Smith

  • Teresa Sweeney, MSN, PNP

    Sweeney

  • Lisa A. Walters, MSN, RN, APRN, FNP-BC

    Walters

Research Coordinators

  • Michelle Fite-Weatherford, RN, BSN

    Fite-Weatherford

  • Sarah Terrell, MS, RD/LDN, CCRP

    Terrell

  • Stephanie Guthrie, RN, BSN, CCRP

    Guthrie

  • Ruth Eliason, RN, BSN, CCRP

    Eliason

Cognitive Neuroscience Lab

  • Cindy Jones, MS

    Jones

  • Jeremy Lawson, MA, EdS

    Lawson

  • Adrienne Studaway, MS, EdS

    Studaway

  • Amira Wassef, MS

    Wassef

Human Performance Lab

  • Robyn Partin, MS, CEP, CCRP

    Partin

  • Jeremy Crowe, MS, CEP, CSCS

    Crowe

  • Nathan Williams, DC, MS, CEP

    Williams

  • Matthew Wogksch

    Wogksch

Data and Analysis

  • Chris Vukadinovich, MS

    Vukadinovich

  • Arijit Basu

    Basu

  • Christie Cooper

    Cooper

  • Ricardo Duran

    Duran

  • Lu Lu

    Lu

  • Kyla Shelton

    Shelton

  • Nina Tinner, MA, CCRP

    Tinner

  • Nicole Wilson

    Wilson

  • Nan Li, PhD

    Li

  • Won Jong Moon, PhD

    Moon

  • Sujuan "Sue" Huang

    Huang

  • Geehong Hyun, PhD

    Hyun

  • Zhenghong Li

    Li

CRA

  • Jasmine Hewlett

    Hewlett

  • Ruth Johnson, BSN, RN

    Johnson

  • Matthew Krull

    Krull

  • Tabitha Cobble, BSN, RN, CCRP

    Cobble

  • Kelsey Lewis, MPH

    Lewis

  • Shavon Dale

    Dale

  • Charla Folsom, MS, CCRP

    Folsom

  • Jennifer Fournier

    Fournier

  • Sara Gewin

    Gewin

  • Matthew “Matt” Marker, MD

    Marker

  • Kristen Molina, RN, MSc, CCRP

    Molina

  • Nariman Noorbakhsh Sabet, MD

    Sabet

  • Rhonda Okoth, MPH, BSN, RN

    Okoth

  • Mei Hsiu Pan Izaguirre, MD, PhD

    Pan Izaguirre

  • Kathleen Richter

    Richter

  • Joshua Roop, MPH

    Roop

  • Danixa Semorile

    Semorile

  • Patricia "Patti" Simpson, MS, CCRP

    Simpson

  • Benjamin Starkey, M.Ed., MBA, CCRP

    Starkey

  • Karen Thompson, CCRP

    Thompson

  • Daxsha Verma

    Verma

  • Rachel Young, RN

    Young

  • Theresa "Terry" Zazzara, BSN, RN

    Zazzara

  • Katherine "Kat" Zelinka, BSN, RN

    Zelinka