Coping with Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment
Unfortunately, the selfsame treatments that are helping Children with Cancer to overcome the cancer, are themselves causing various health problems later on in these children’s lives.
Most side-effects from the cancer itself and from the cancer treatments appear during or just after treatment, and go away within a fairly short time.
Some problems, however, may never go away or may not show up until months or years after treatment.These problems are called late effects.
Due to the fact that more children with cancer now survive into adulthood, their long-term health and these late effects have become more evident and because doctors are more aware of the late side-effects, they will look out for them in careful follow-ups and can therefore find and treat any late effects as early as possible.
Every Child with Cancer that is undergoing cancer treatment is unique; treatments vary from child to child and from one type of cancer to another. Late effects will also vary, and depend mostly on the type of treatment used and the doses given.
Cancer treatments kill off cancer cells, but they also harm healthy cells, and Late Effects are caused by the damage that some cancer treatments do to healthy cells in the body.
The treatment of Childhood Cancer requires a very specialised approach because it is not the same as adult cancer, and this counts for the aftercare and watching for late effects in Children with Cancer as well.
Late effects can involve more than one part of the body (or more than one organ system) and can range from mild to severe.
Read more about this subject on out page, Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment
Posted on 26 September, 2016, in Blog and tagged Child Cancer Awareness, Childhood Cancer Awareness, Children with Cancer, Fighting Cancer, Late Effects of Childhood Cancer Treatment, LFCT, Little Fighters, Little Fighters Cancer Trust, paediatric cancer, pediatric cancer awareness, side effects. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.