STAR Survivorship Program
The STAR Program (Survivors Taking Action & Responsibility) is a comprehensive long-term follow-up program for adult survivors of pediatric cancer. The STAR Program follows survivors through adulthood focusing on their special medical and psychological needs. Services are provided in a clinical setting with an emphasis on patient care, education, and research. The program is directed by Aarati Didwania MD, and coordinated by Karen Kinahan, DNP, APN, FNP-BC, who has expertise in pediatric oncology, cancer survivorship and the effects of cancer treatment.
STAR patients are seen on an annual basis with special attention to health maintenance, screening and patient education issue, but may be seen more frequently if their condition dictates closer management. Patients in need of further expertise regarding the late effects of past treatment are directed to sub-specialists familiar with issues specific to survivors of childhood cancer.
Galter Pavilion 21st floor
675 N. Saint Clair St.
Tuesdays, by appointment
For additional information contact Karen Kinahan at 312.695.0990.
- Watch GET EMPOWERED: A video education series for childhood cancer patients and survivors
- View The Children's Oncology Group's Long-Term Follow-Up Guidelines for Survivors of Childhood, Adolescent, and Young Adult Cancers
- Childhood Cancers Research
- Childhood Cancer Scars Survivors Later in Life
- View the Star Program Brochure
The Lurie Cancer Center collaborates with the STAR Program at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago to provide continued monitoring and care for pediatric patients.