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Research You Should Know

Chemo & Crayons is dedicated to keeping you up to date on research impacting pediatric cancer patients and long-term pediatric cancer survivors.  These articles provide additional information to discuss with your healthcare team.

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Cancer Survivors Age More Quickly

By Laura Pole | April 4, 2018

Adolescents and young adult (AYA) cancer survivors face a high risk for long-term health problems, but many do not continue with follow-up care after their primary treatment has ended, a new study suggests.

The researchers found that 37% of AYA cancer patients had no follow-up visits. The finding comes from a large cohort of more than 2300 AYA patients who were diagnosed with cancer between 2000 and 2015. There were no significant differences with respect to cancer type or insurance status.

“Young adults with cancer are at risk of long-term and late effects from treatment,” said lead study author Lynda M. Beaupin, MD, an assistant professor of oncology at the Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, New York. “Over 30% of young adults treated for cancer no longer have continued post-treatment care.

“The further you are out from finishing cancer treatment, the more unlikely you are to return for a follow-up visit,” she explained. “Follow-up rates also did not vary across cancer types or insurance status.”

Beaupin presented her findings at a press briefing held in advance of the upcoming Cancer Survivorship Symposium (CSS) Advancing Care and Research, in Orlando, Florida.”

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Conclusion:

We all like to think that once chemotherapy and other cancer treatment ends, we are done with multiple doctor visits. But a report that was released in December 2017 noted that “long-term cancer survivors age more quickly than their peers. We believe that a decline in health that mimics age-related illness is a negative consequence experienced by many recipients of cancer treatment,” say the authors, led by Shahrukh K. Hashmi, MD, from the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota. The report was published online December 18 in ESMO Open.

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Precautions:

Long-term cancer survivors are more likely than the average adult population to be diagnosed with diabetes, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and osteoporosis at an earlier age. This is why follow up is key to make sure you are doing all you can to make sure you don’t develop diseases that are largely preventable by proper diet, exercise, supplements, and overall lifestyle factors.

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