The childhood cancer has an impact in adult life

Canada - Survivors of neuroblastoma, a cancer affecting young children, are eight times more likely to have chronic health problems in adulthood and have a less developed social life.

The study conducted by Dr. Laverdiere, from Hospital Sainte-Justine Hospital, Montreal, examined the social consequences of the survivors of neuroblastoma. This disease takes the form of tumors appearing on several parts of the body. It requires heavy treatment when it reaches an advanced stage.

The research team examined data from 954 survivors of the disease, diagnosed between 1970 and 1986. The death rate was high, and there was an increase in relapse and chronic health problems. They also compared the data with those of siblings of children with cancer.

Twenty years later, the surviving children were less likely to be married or have a high income. The risk of chronic health problems are eight times higher for survivors. For Dr. Laverdière: “The results of this study underline the need for a narrow monitoring and a follow-up throughout life in order to improve the possible medical and psychosocial repercussions of the neuroblastoma.”