Late effects of cancer and its treatment

Semin Oncol Nurs. 2001 Nov;17(4):241-8. doi: 10.1053/sonu.2001.27914.


Objectives: To review the common physical and psychosocial late effects of treatment in adult and childhood cancer survivors.

Data sources: Published articles and research studies.

Conclusions: More than half of individuals diagnosed with cancer can be expected to survive for more than 5 years. These survival gains have occurred because of more complex and multimodal therapy that may increase long-term toxicities.

Implications for nursing practice: Health care providers must be familiar with these late effects to offer preventive care and health promotion strategies to this patient population.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Antineoplastic Agents* / adverse effects
  • Antineoplastic Agents* / therapeutic use
  • Child
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Insurance, Health
  • Male
  • Neoplasms* / mortality
  • Neoplasms* / psychology
  • Neoplasms* / therapy
  • Psychosocial Deprivation*
  • Survival Rate / trends
  • Time Factors


  • Antineoplastic Agents