"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.