Following Childhood Cancer Survivors as They Grow Up - Cincinnati Children's Blog

Following Childhood Cancer Survivors as They Grow Up

When he sits in the waiting area at Cincinnati Children’s, Joey Evans is usually the oldest patient in the room.

At 40, Evans, a childhood cancer survivor, doesn’t mind looking like he’s old enough to be someone’s father. He already knows he fits in at Cincinnati Children’s. It’s practically where he grew up.

Evans is one of 1,800 survivors who routinely visits Cincinnati Children’s for specialized follow-up care. Doctors he has known all of his life continue to see him to monitor and minimize the long-term complications of cancer therapy. Evans says coming back to a place that ranks among the top three in the nation for cancer care makes him feel even more confident about continued treatment here.

Back when Evans was diagnosed as a toddler with rhabdomyosarcoma, a tissue cancer, fewer than 10 percent of children survived 10 years after a cancer diagnosis. Today, 80 percent of children with a cancer diagnosis are expected to survive.

The cancer survivor program at Cincinnati Children’s is one of the oldest and largest in the country, and it is a leading center for research. Not only does the program help kids survive cancer, it is here for patients even after they beat it.

As we celebrate Cancer Survivors Month, we are excited to share the stories of  Joey Evans, Maria Seta, Joseph Dunn and Matthew Grosser. They are cancer survivors. And they have a lot more life ahead of them.

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Tanya Leach

About the Author: Tanya Leach

Tanya Bricking Leach is a writer and video producer at Cincinnati Children's and a former newspaper reporter who has covered crime for The Cincinnati Enquirer, sports for USA Today, island life for The Honolulu Advertiser, food for The Associated Press and stories about storms and surfers for the New York Times. Tanya is the author of the military-themed travel guide "Hawaii for Heroes." She is married to a military veteran and is the mother of two young boys. When she's not wired in at work, she enjoys unplugging with her family on their sailboat.

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  1. wendy hopper October 16, 12:12
    My brother Frederick M Kuhlmann is in the books at children's hospital for the largest tumor. He was diagnosed with undiffernciated sarcoma at the age of 11. A 10lb. tumor had taken over his right kidney. He was given a 50/50 chance of living. Children's hospital saved my brother. I watched him live at the hospital for a year getting radiation and chemo. My mom was by his side through it all. He is 39 now and lives a wonderful life. He recently got married and lives in Norwood OH. He is my hero and i have walked in his honor many times at cancer walks. He also makes visits to Hemotology-Oncology.
  2. Donna Kuhlmann October 16, 13:22
    Tanya, thank you so much for these stories. My son is one of the lucky ones too. When Freddy was 13 years he had over a 10 lb. tumor that ate his right kidney. After major surgery and 2 1/2 yrs of chemo at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, my son today is cancer free. He is now 39 yrs old and recently married in May. So miracles do happen. Thank you so much for your uplifting stories. People need to hear that there are miracles out there.
  3. RobertScranton November 02, 01:37
    Thank you so much for sharing all such inspirational stories about the Cancer survivors. I personally believe that such people are a role model for all the people for their fighting spirit and positive attitude towards life. My sister too, is a cancer survivor, she was diagnosed with cancer while we were in college and was on stage 2. The oncologist suggested us to go for the radiation therapy Bronx for maintaining her health and fast recovery from the disease. Now she is a cancer free person and really happy with her married life.