Working with Adult Survivors of Childhood Cancers

March 03, 2014


Today, 80 percent of childhood cancer patients survive into adulthood, but many experience late effects of their treatment. The Boston Globe spoke with Lisa Diller, MD, about issues facing survivors of childhood cancer. "When we sit down with parents, pediatric oncologists not only describe the treatment the child’s going to receive and the side effects he/she could anticipate from that treatment, but we also describe the long-term outcome in terms of issues like cardiac function or fertility or risk of second cancers," she says. "That’s a discussion from the first day."

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