Survivors of Pediatric Brain Tumors Share a Special Bond

October 07, 2013

Three cancer survivors stay friends

Katie Nickerson, Jack Coates, and Bernard Manning are part of a small but growing group, and a generation ago there were few people like them. In the 1970s, only about 30 percent to 50 percent of children with brain tumors lived for five years after diagnosis. Now that number is 73 percent,  The Boston Globe reports. Survivors often face debilitating “late effects” — seizures, hearing loss, cognitive impairment, secondary cancers — caused by the original disease and the treatment. For many survivors, late effects lead to isolation, anxiety, and depression. Even as more clinicians recognize these problems, survivors still have few places to turn for support.   

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