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.