Survivors of Pediatric Brain Tumors Share a Special Bond
October 07, 2013
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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