Concern over childhood cancer risk and the most appropriate treatments for childhood cancer are a high priority in the health care conscious family oriented community here in Syracuse. And so a new report implying that childhood cancer survivors may have an increased death rate for decades is of interest here.
Kate Kelland has written an article for Reuters, http://www.reuters.com, titled “Cancer survivors have higher death risk for decades” which reports that scientists have found people who survive cancer in childhood have a heightened risk of dying of a heart attack, stroke or another cancer decades later — a risk that is likely to be due to the original treatment. Kate Kelland has reported that a study by British researchers of death rates among almost 18,000 people who survived childhood cancer has found that the number of premature deaths among survivors was 11 times the number expected in the general population. These findings suggest cancer survivors’ long-term health is at risk from the treatment which they receive in childhood. This shows the need to find ways of improving that treatment and ensuring patients have better access to proper long-term care. Raoul Reulen of Birmingham University, who led the study, has commented “These findings confirm the importance of very long-term outcome data and that survivors should be able to access health care programs even decades after treatment.” He has also said further investigations were important because “any excess mortality may be related to long-term complications of treatment.”
Last year a study by doctors from the United States found that survivors of childhood cancer are at risk of a range of cardiac problems such as heart failure, heart attacks and heart disease and the risks continued up to 30 years after treatment. In a report in the Journal of the American Medical Association, Reulen said new cancers — known as “second primary cancers” — were a “recognized late complication of childhood cancer. He has gone on to say “This is due largely to exposure to radiation during treatment, and to the side effects of some of the more toxic cancer drugs. Reulens team had analyzed data from 17,981 people who had survived a childhood cancer for at least five years. These children had all been diagnosed before the age of 15 between 1940 and 1991 in Britain and were monitored until the end of 2006. The survivors experienced 11 times the number of deaths expected from the general population. Although this rate declined over the years, it was still three times higher than expected 45 years after their original diagnosis. These findings also showed that only 7 percent of the deaths among childhood cancer survivors were due to a recurrence of their original disease, while 77 percent were due to new cancers, heart disease and so-called cerebrovascular disease, which causes high blood pressure and strokes.
And so here in Syracuse families should always take preventative natural health care measures to try to help their kids avoid childhood cancer. These measures include adequate daily rest, a healthy diet with a lot of fruits and vegetables, adequate exercise, and staying away from too much stress and toxins. Also, here in Syracuse if your child does nevertheless unfortunately get cancer you should search for a physician who uses natural health care approaches to treatment along with whatever orthodox measures which may appear to be necessary in order to attempt to lessen the negative side effects from orthodox cancer treatment.
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