Childhood Cancer Survivors Have Significant Chronic DiseaseSubmitted by emalvini on Wed, 06/12/2013 - 12:58
Childhood Cancer Survivors Have Significant Chronic Disease
By Alexandra SifferlinJune 12, 2013
A study of over 1,700 childhood cancer survivors found that 98% of the participants had at least one chronic disease such as new cancers, heart disease or abnormal lung function.
The research, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, presents a dismal picture of life after cancer. Conducted by St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, it provides a glimpse into St. Jude’s LIFE program, a two- to three-day initiative that brings long-term childhood cancer survivors back to the hospital for regular check-ups throughout their adult lives. The goal is to monitor adult survivors to better understand the mechanisms that promote survival. The former patients undergo various checks and screenings including basic health exams, blood tests and X-rays.