About 80 percent of children and young adults diagnosed with cancer will survive. Sometimes treatment can affect patients’ health and quality of life for years to come. Health problems that occur after treatment are called late effects and may occur throughout the life of the survivor. These late effects can affect many areas including: learning, emotional health, growth, fertility, heart, lungs, kidneys and more.
Identifying and treating these problems early helps survivors lead a full life – performing to the best of their ability in school, growing and developing normally, feeling strong and resilient, and even having family of their own one day.