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Childhood cancer survivors experience long term side effects

BMJ 2003; 327 doi: (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:522
  1. Charles Marwick
  1. Washington, DC

    Nearly four out of five people who have a diagnosis of cancer in childhood are surviving nowadays. But later in life they are likely to experience some side effects from the disease, its treatment, or both, according to a new report from the US Institute of Medicine.

    Before 1970, people under 20 years of age who were given a diagnosis of cancer had little hope of being cured, says the report. But by 1997 an estimated 270 000 people in the United States with a history of childhood or adolescent cancer have now survived well beyond the traditional five …

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