Life after Cancer

Life after cancer

Special Survivor Section

For many young cancer patients, surviving a childhood diagnosis is just the beginning. Many survivors experience side effects ranging from fatigue and learning problems to obesity and second cancers.

As the population of childhood cancer survivors has grown, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has pioneered programs to identify the long-term impact of treatment and to provide supportive care for survivors.

Those efforts include the After Completion of Therapy Clinic, the Childhood Cancer Survivors Study and the St. Jude LIFE study. In the stories below, you’ll obtain a glimpse into a couple of specific research projects as well as meet former patients who, thanks to St. Jude, not only survive but thrive.

patient Blair Collins
Mother's Day
Freight trains are powerful. So are tornadoes and supercomputers and jet engines. But none of those holds a candle to the fierce power of a mother’s love. Judy Huddleston attributes God and St. Jude with saving the life of her daughter, Blair Collins, who is now a mother herself.
patient Emily Miller Land
Breast-feeding: A healthy choice
Researchers discover that breast-feeding may ease some late effects of childhood cancer treatment.
Kevin R. Krull, PhD
Think again: Fatigue and survivors
St. Jude scientists discover that childhood cancer survivors are particularly vulnerable to the effects of fatigue and sleep deprivation.
former patient Lindsey Wilkerson
A magical partner for St. Jude
Carnival names a St. Jude survivor as godmother to its newest cruise ship and pledges $3 million to support the hospital’s work.