A recent study shows that survivors of childhood cancer have worse health than other people their age. The treatment that cancer-stricken children receive affects their overall health, making them live with additional health problems that make their life harder than usual.
It seems like radiotherapy and chemotherapy are affecting the lives of children that survive the cancer ordeal. In a recent study, Lisa Diller, a doctor at the Dana-Farber Center for Blood Disorders and Children’s Cancer in Boston discovered that survivors of childhood cancer have worse health than average people their age.
According to the results of the research, young adults that won the fight against cancer have a very low score of life quality. Even though they have ages between 18 and 29, when the body is capable of repairing much more damage than in older age, the former patients have the body health of a 40 or 50 years old.
These low scores come from the fact that their bodies are affected by the treatment they receive in their childhood. Radiotherapy and chemotherapy might be efficient methods of treating cancer, and long surgeries might get rid of the tumors, but they leave a mark on the bodies of the patients.
Survivors of childhood cancers have worse health than other individuals their age. The most common health problems detected in survivors of childhood cancer are heart disorders, lung disease, infertility, and even other types of cancers. There were also a lot of patients who reported having liver problems.
Moreover, Diller declared that some of the children that had poor health scores were not cancer survivors, but they did have to deal with chronic disorders. She stated that:
“Our findings indicate survivors’ accelerated aging and also help us understand the health-related risks associated with having had cancer as a child. What’s encouraging is that the lower quality of life scores are associated with chronic disease after treatment, not with a history of pediatric cancer itself.”
Survivors of childhood cancer have worse health than people their age, but the good news is that ever since the 1970s the number of children that survived cancer increased significantly. The next step is finding new ways of treating the condition in children. A method that will not leave 80 percent of survivors dealing with additional health problems for the rest of their lives.
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