Childhood Cancer Patients’ Treatments May Lead To Later Emotional Problems.

HealthDay (5/30, Preidt) reports, “Adult survivors of childhood cancer can suffer emotional problems and reduced quality of life because of the long-term physical effects of their cancer treatment,” according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology. Investigators looked at “data from the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study to assess the effects of scarring, disfigurement and persistent hair loss experienced by more than 14,000 adult survivors of childhood cancer.” The researchers found that “survivors with persistent hair loss had an increased risk of anxiety; female survivors with persistent hair loss had an increased risk of depressive symptoms; and survivors with a head or neck, arm or leg disfigurement had an increased risk of depression.”

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— “Emotional Woes May Last for Childhood Cancer Survivors,”Robert Preidt, HealthDay, May 30, 2012.

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