Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Treatment advances have not improved long-term health status of childhood cancer survivors

The long-term health status of childhood cancer survivors is poor according to research published last fall in the Annals of Internal Medicine
"Because survival rates after a diagnosis of childhood cancer have improved substantially over the past 30 years, the population of survivors now includes those who would have died in earlier decades. Self-reported health status among survivors has not improved despite evolution of treatment designed to reduce toxicities."
According to a Nov. 7, 2016 press release from the American College of Physicians
"Treatment advances have not improved long-term health status of childhood cancer survivors."
"Despite an overall decline in radiation exposure, reduced mean chemotherapy doses, and decreased proportions of survivors with more severe chronic health conditions, patient-reported health status generally did not improve across treatment decade."
Primary funding for the research was provided by the National Cancer Institute.

Abstract: http://annals.org/aim/article/doi/10.7326/M16-0742

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