Lifetime follow-up care after childhood cancer

J Am Board Fam Med. 2010 Sep-Oct;23(5):647-54. doi: 10.3122/jabfm.2010.05.100031.


Cancers that occur during childhood and adolescence (ages 0 to 19 years) are very responsive to treatment, with a current overall cure rate of better than 80%. However, approximately 75% of childhood cancer survivors develop late effects, including problems with growth and development, vital organ function, reproduction, and psychological health, as well as serious complications of secondary neoplasms and recurrence. The primary physician should continue some level of involvement during all phases of patient care and pay special attention to possible late effects during the follow-up phase.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Infant, Newborn
  • Long-Term Care*
  • Neoplasms / epidemiology
  • Neoplasms / psychology
  • Neoplasms / therapy*
  • Survivors*
  • United States / epidemiology
  • Young Adult