Stories about: late effects of cancer treatment in kids

Surviving cancer takes more than medicine

Recent estimates from the American Cancer Society (ACS) put the number of cancer survivors living in the U.S. right now at about 13.7 million, and in the next decade that number should hit 18 million.

Many of those survivors, especially young patients, will face unique issues after cancer treatment: dealing with emotional and physical side effects, legal rights concerning health care and employment, reproduction issues, getting appropriate follow-up care and readjusting to school and social lives. Because younger patients have such special needs, Dana-Farber/Children’s Hospital Cancer Center (DF/CHCC) has many programs to help.

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This week on Thrive: April 19-23

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Lisa Diller, MD, clinical director of Pediatric Oncology at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Children’s Hospital Boston spoke to Thrive about her research concerning late effects of cancer treatment in children.

John Knight, MD, director at the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research (CeASAR) at Children’s commented on a recent statement by the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) calling on pediatricians nationwide to be knowledgeable about teenage drinking, preventative measures to stop it and treatment options for adolescent substance abuse.

There’s plenty of data that suggest that an inability to get up in the morning is a medical condition, and should be treated as such.

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