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Childhood cancer decreases later quality of life

Chronic health problems plague survivors of childhood cancer according to a recent report. Childhood cancers include blood cancers (leukemia and Hodgkin's lymphoma), cancer of the brain and bone (osteosarcoma). The majority are curable, but now efforts to improve the psychological impact and resulting ill health from toxic drugs and radiation used in treatment are being targeted. Chronic health disorders that resulted from treatment included mental illness, heart, lung and kidney disease, eye problems, reduced mental ability, infertility, clotting problems, paralysis and other cancers. It is hoped that new chemotherapy agents and methods of cancer therapy will reduce the chronic health issues that face many children later in life.

Source: summary of medical news story as reported by Cancer consultants

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About: Childhood cancer decreases later quality of life

Date: 2005

Source: Cancer consultants

Author: K Oeffinger, A Mertens, C Sklar, et al


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