Late effects are health issues that can occur any time after treatment for childhood cancer. Many late effects occur between two to five years after completion of therapy but other late effects may not show up for many years after the treatment.
Why Follow-Up Care is Important
Many childhood cancer survivors and their families are not aware of the potential late effects that may occur many years after treatment. The earlier the problem is identified the sooner treatment can be started. The Survive and Thrive clinic can help provide information about your child's healthcare needs to their primary care doctor, ensuring that the necessary screening will continue.
Common Late Effects
- Learning or memory issues
- Emotional concerns such as depression, post traumatic stress disorder, anxiety
- Heart or lung problems
- Growth failure, hypothyroidism, infertility
- Secondary cancers