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Nat Rev Cancer. 2014 Jan;14(1):61-70. doi: 10.1038/nrc3634. Epub 2013 Dec 5.

Survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer: life-long risks and responsibilities.

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1
Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105, USA.
2
1] Department of Epidemiology and Cancer Control, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105, USA. [2] Department of Oncology, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tennessee 38105, USA.

Abstract

Survival rates for most paediatric cancers have improved at a remarkable pace over the past four decades. In developed countries, cure is now the probable outcome for most children and adolescents who are diagnosed with cancer: their 5-year survival rate approaches 80%. However, the vast majority of these cancer survivors will have at least one chronic health condition by 40 years of age. The burden of responsibility to understand the long-term morbidity and mortality that is associated with currently successful treatments must be borne by many, including the research and health care communities, survivor advocacy groups, and governmental and policy-making entities.

PMID:
24304873
PMCID:
PMC6425479
DOI:
10.1038/nrc3634
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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