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LATER outpatient clinic

The LATER outpatient clinic differs from the other three major departments. Here, we focus on providing the best possible care to former patients who have been cured of cancer. Patients' survival of childhood cancer due to successful treatment has led to a substantial increase in the number of survivors in recent decades. At present, there are more than 10,000 survivors of childhood cancer in the Netherlands.

Why is the LATER outpatient clinic necessary?

Given that the number of childhood cancer survivors has increased, long-term side effects have emerged. These side effects deserve attention. It is known that 70% of all childhood cancer survivors develop one or more serious health issues. This is precisely why we have a team of experts at the Princess Máxima Center that regularly performs check-ups on survivors. In addition to this medical care, other important areas of interest of the LATER outpatient clinic include social and psychological care in combination with contact with fellow patients.

Who visits the LATER outpatient clinic?

As a survivor, when are you welcome to visit the LATER outpatient clinic? Beginning from five years after the initial diagnosis, everyone who qualifies for the LATER outpatient clinic will receive an invitation for this. This does not mean that anything is wrong or that we expect to find something. The invitation for the LATER outpatient clinic concerns children between 5-19 years and adults from the age of 19.

What happens during a visit to the outpatient clinic?

On the day of your visit, you will report to the desk on the ground floor of the outpatient clinic.  A visit to the LATER outpatient clinic consists of a general physical examination and an extensive conversation with a LATER doctor and/or nursing specialist. This conversation could revolve around symptoms you may have experienced. The survivor will receive information about relevant late side effects. Most of the tests can be carried out on site at the LATER outpatient clinic, such as heart ultrasounds, ECGs (electrocardiograms), lung function tests, audiograms and laboratory testing. A physiotherapist and a psychologist also work at the LATER outpatient clinic. Two weeks after the visit to the outpatient clinic, the survivor will be informed by telephone about the results of the tests.

Contact Details
Phone 088-9727272