The rate of the surviving cancer survivors children is improving dramatically. But the experts say that there are also many survivors who can face the long-term health issues.
When the child is attacked by cancer, the only thing that parents should focus on is finding the right treatment. But the problem is that many parents don’t know about the treatment of the child cancers. It can lead a serious health complication in the young patients.
According to the Clinical Practice Guideline, more than 50% of the cancer survivors were treated as the adolescents will develop one of the many hormone-related ailments, including the growing disorders and hypothalamic-pituitary. Children are more sensitive to the damaging effects of the radiation than that of adults.
According to Sklar, “Childhood cancer patients should be checked regularly for the growth disorders, early puberty, and pituitary hormone deficiencies.”
But the childhood cancer survivors are at the increased risk of the serious health condition like the endocrine system disorders.
The good news about the childhood cancer
Although it is rare to be cancer in children, it is estimated that more than 500,000 childhood cancer survivors will be in the United States by 2020.
According to the National Cancer Institute, in 1975, more than 50% of children were suffered from cancer before the age of 20 and survived at least five years. And dramatically, those numbers are changing.
According to the SEER 18 Research Database, more than 83% of children with cancer before the age of 20 years survived at least 5 years from 2007 to 2013.
More survivors mean that there are more patients who can face the problem as they get older.
Educating childhood cancer survivors
Sklar is a director of Sloan Kettering’s Long-term follow-up program. And Sklar takes care of every type of survivors of pediatric cancers.
He provides them education and also looks after their health to find and treat the related health problems as soon as possible.
Sklar said, “More patients are being able to the face the problem now.”
He also explained that many of the cancer patients are being treated with the similar kind of radiation that was used in the past days. Sklar said, “We provide them with the best therapies, but still there are only limited options for some.”
He also said that the main focus of the parents is to find the natural best treatment for the child and not worry too much about the future. “Hormonal disorders can be treated if it is caught early”, he said.
Sklar said that the childhood cancer patient should present with these endocrine disorders within six to twelve months after the treatment.
Lack of concern among the survivors
A new study from the St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital has also supported the Sklar’s contention that the childhood cancer survivors are not concerned about their health in future and skips their important tests.
An analysis by St. Jude epidemiologist was done and published in the journal Cancer, found that there is the huge number of survivors who are not concerned about their future health.
According to the analysis of questionnaire data from the 15,620 survivors, 40% were unconcerned about their developing their career and 31% were not concerned about their future health.
Gibson said in the statement’ “the medical community has also learned many things about the risks which are faced by the group of survivors but only a few knew about how the survivors perceived their risk of the effects in future.”
The research has also found out that the concern of the siblings with their health in the future was only slightly lower than that of the survivors. And the concern of the siblings was same about developing subsequent cancer.