Many cancer survivors have to deal with one or more health problems, also known as late effects, due to their cancer treatment.
Late effects vary by individual and are based on the cancer suvivor's diagnosis and treatment. They can occur many years after treatment ends and may include physical, psychological and/or social issues such as:
- Learning disabilities and memory difficulties
- Vision and hearing problems
- Diseases of the heart, blood vessels and lungs
- Secondary cancers
Because of these potential health problems, it is essential cancer survivors receive long-term, follow-up care. Treating these problems early helps cancer survivors lead a full life, including school, work and a family of their own.