One of my favorite things about St. Jude is that hope is built into every conversation, including those about post-treatment life for kids like our son, who has been off of chemotherapy for eight years. This is where the LIFE Study comes in:
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.
Josiah is entering his first year as a LIFE Study participant, and the program will help us (and him) make better decisions about his healthcare in the future.
It’s an amazing part of an incredible hospital, made possible only with your support.