Childhood cancer survivors experience long term side effectsBMJ 2003; 327 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.327.7414.522-f (Published 04 September 2003) Cite this as: BMJ 2003;327:522
- Charles Marwick
- 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 …