As a childhood cancer survivor, you have your whole life ahead of you. Taking care of your health is very important. The After Completion of Therapy Clinic Presented by Kmart (ACT Clinic) is here to help you stay healthy.
The ACT Clinic is specially designed for long-term survivors of childhood cancer who were treated at St. Jude. You are eligible to transfer to the ACT Clinic once you have stayed cancer-free for at least two years after stopping therapy, and it has been at least five years since your diagnosis. You’ll visit the clinic one time each year until you turn 18 or until 10 years after your last cancer treatment, whichever comes later.
During your visit
During your visit, you will have a complete check-up and fill out a questionnaire. The ACT Clinic doctors and staff will:
- Do tests to confirm that you are still in remission (cancer-free).
- Check for late health problems (“late effects”) related to cancer therapy.
- Tell you about your cancer history and health risks after treatment.
- Help you adjust to life as a survivor.
- Give advice about ways to stay healthy after cancer treatment.
- Help you find the health care providers and services you need in your community.
Making an appointment
You will automatically receive your first appointment card in the mail several months before your scheduled visit to the ACT Clinic.
To check or change the date of your appointment, please call 901-595-4680 Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.–4 p.m. Central time. If you are outside the Memphis area, dial toll-free 1-866-2STJUDE (1-866-278-5833), extension 4680.
Now that you are part of the ACT Clinic, you should always call your local doctor first if you have a health problem. If your problem could be related to your cancer or its treatments, your doctor should contact the ACT Clinic and give us the details we need to help you. We will always care about you and your health. We are happy to talk to you or your doctor at any time.
About the ACT clinic and staff
The ACT clinic is the largest long-term follow-up clinic for childhood cancer patients in the United States. It serves as a model for other cancer follow-up programs around the world. Today, we are following more than 5,000 survivors who received treatment for childhood cancer at St. Jude.
The ACT Clinic team includes doctors, nurse practitioners, nurses, social workers, and psychologists. We have special training and expertise to help cancer survivors just like you.
Learn more at our Frequently Asked Questions page (PDF).