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Childhood cancer survivors face lifetime of chronic health conditions
by Will Boggs, MD
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13 September 2017
On 13 September 2017 Reuters reported:
People who survive cancer in childhood have almost twice as many chronic health conditions by age 50, on average, as the general population, according to results from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study. Earlier studies have shown an increased risk of chronic health conditions in survivors of childhood cancer, but Bhakta's team [Dr. Nickhill Bhakta from St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee] wanted to examine their overall burden in more detail. The researchers looked at 168 chronic health conditions in 48 disease categories among 3,010 survivors over age 18 who were treated for cancer at St. Jude as children.
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. . . Heart disease, heart rhythm disorders, high blood pressure, diabetes and obesity were common in both groups. But serious lung function problems, spinal disorders and second cancers were more likely in the childhood cancer survivors.
. . . Most children with cancer are cured, Bhakta added. 'However, that cure comes with a price and can lead to dangerous pre-existing conditions and complex medical illness. Just as we all support the children and their families as they face an incredibly tough journey toward cure, these same children grow up and become adults.'
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