Childhood cancer survivors are at risk for endocrine abnormalities from cancer treatment. Endocrine disorders are the most common abnormality after chemotherapy and/or radiation. Many survivors face a growing number of endocrine problems many years after successful completion of treatment.
Examples of common endocrine disorders after childhood cancer therapy include:
- growth hormone deficiency
- thyroid disorders
- abnormal gonadal function
- poor bone health
- thyroid malignancy
Survivors, particularly with a history of complex cancer therapy, benefit from expert and experienced medical providers who are familiar with treating expected endocrine abnormalities after childhood cancer therapy.