Children Who Undergo Cancer Treatment May Face Challenges Later2survive
Research suggests that those who undergo treatment for cancer as a child often have long-term side effects that show up years later as an adult. Problems like memory loss, heart disease, lung disorders, etc.—And this can be frustrating.
Cancer survivors don’t want to come off as “whiners”, but the issues are real. Survivors need people to understand. This includes family, friends and people at work.
“We are doing a lot better at curing childhood cancers, but there are a lot of late effects of treatment that need to be looked at,” said Dr. Karen Effinger, a pediatrics instructor at Stanford School of Medicine.
I personally have known of many cancer survivors, children and adults, who have complained of memory issues years out from their last chemo treatment. I’ve had friends who have had heart conditions later on in life and thyroid problems as a result of radiation.
“Survivors after cancer in adolescence and young adulthood should be knowledgeable about their increased risk for health problems related to their treatment,” said Kathrine Rugbjerg, of the Danish Cancer Society Research Center in Copenhagen.
In a nutshell, if you’ve had cancer treatment at any point in your life, be proactive. Know what types of health issues you may be at risk for in the future and monitor your health regularly for those issues.