Lance Armstrong Foundation's $1 million gift launches cancer survivorship clinic at Dana-Farber


BOSTON--The Lance Armstrong Foundation has given a $1 million gift to Dana-Farber Cancer Institute to establish the Lance Armstrong Foundation Adult Survivorship Clinic. The clinic, which will be part of the Perini Family Survivors' Center, will expand Dana-Farber's commitment to serving cancer survivors of all ages.

"We have made many significant strides in understanding the lifelong impact of cancer treatment on survivors of childhood cancer, but, until now, limited attention has been focused on survivors of adult-onset cancers," says Lisa Diller, MD, director of the Perini Family Survivors' Center. "With the generous gift from the Lance Armstrong Foundation, we can take this same energy to address the many unmet needs of adult cancer survivors."

The Lance Armstrong Foundation Adult Survivorship Clinic will focus its services and research program to improve care for survivors and the problems they may face after therapy, including infertility, cardiovascular disease, osteoporosis, future cancer risk, and post-trauma stress. The clinic also will develop a robust research program to study these and related issues.

"The Lance Armstrong Foundation is dedicated to addressing the long-term emotional and physical consequences that accompany a cancer diagnosis and treatment," said Mitch Stoller, president and C.E.O of the Lance Armstrong Foundation. "Our partnership with Dana-Farber ensures that together we will investigate and provide for the needs of adult cancer survivors."

The National Cancer Institute estimated that there were nearly 10 million cancer survivors in the United States in 2000. This number is projected to grow as research advances lead to a better understanding of cancer and to better, more effective treatments.

The Lance Armstrong Foundation Adult Survivorship Clinic will build on the success of Dana-Farber's David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic. Since its founding in 1993, the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic has evolved into a nationally recognized model for addressing the lifelong physical and psychosocial challenges faced by a growing population of childhood cancer survivors. The clinic's faculty provides medical follow-up as well as conducts research into the long-term effects of childhood cancer and cancer treatments.

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