The St. Jude LIFE & After Completion of Therapy Clinic Presented by Kmart


Cancer survival

The mission of the St. Jude LIFE & After Completion of Therapy Clinic Presented by Kmart (ACT Clinic) is to help patients stay healthy as they continue their journey as a survivor after active treatment ends.

This ACT Clinic, established in the mid-1980s, is the largest long-term follow-up clinic for pediatric cancer patients in the U.S. Regarded as one of the best and most extensive of its type in the world, the ACT Clinic has been a prototype for other long-term follow-up programs.

St. Jude patients can transfer to the ACT Clinic when their disease has been in remission five years. They then visit the clinic every year until they are 18 years of age or until 10 years after diagnosis. At that time, ACT patients graduate and become St. Jude alumni.

Today, we are following more than 4,000 adults who received treatment for cancer during childhood at St. Jude. Our first—and most important—goal is to confirm that patients’ cancer does not come back. ACT Clinic visits are also focused on the following: