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AB Edgar, WHB Wallace
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Volume 38: Issue 3: 2008




Today, more than 70% of children treated for cancer will be cured, and attention  is  focusing  on  the  late  effects  of  treatments  for  these  long-term survivors. Treatment-related  morbidity  is  diverse,  with  potential  effects  on  the endocrine system (growth, puberty, fertility, pituitary, thyroid and other disorders); cardiovascular, pulmonary and renal complications; second tumours; and cognitive, educational,  neuropsychological  and  social  manifestations.  Multidisciplinary  long-term  follow-up  of  these  patients  is  essential  to  monitor,  treat  and  prevent morbidity.  In  this  review  the  authors  describe  the  chronic  health  problems encountered by survivors and discuss the development of a long-term follow-up service for childhood cancer survivors.