The news about survival in childhood cancer has improved greatly in the last two decades since our clinic began. Advances in treatment have resulted in significant increases in survival rates. We have also learned that some survivors are at risk for physical and psychological issues related to the cancer and its therapy. Radiation, chemotherapy and surgery used to successfully treat childhood cancers may lead to what are called "late effects."
Common late effects of pediatric cancer may include:
Many survivors don’t have any of these problems and are doing well. Although there may not be any late effects at this time, it is important for every cancer survivor to know about their treatment and to understand how that treatment may have the potential for long-term complications. In addition, survivors should know how to keep themselves as healthy as possible as they grow older.