Wednesday, June 28, 2017

A new urgency to protect survivors of childhood cancer

A great Washington Post story from this past December on the negative late effects from the successful treatment of childhood cancers:

"... One of medicine’s greatest successes is the sharp rise in survival rates for children with cancer. But the flip side of that success is that many of those children are turning up years or even decades later with serious and sometimes life-threatening complications, including second cancers, heart disorders, cognitive problems and infertility. ..."

A specific example that hits close to home, "... By age 50, 1 in 3 women who received chest radiation for Hodgkin’s lymphoma will develop breast cancer, compared with less than 1 in 20 in the general population, Armstrong said. ..."

Read the full story at

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