Did you know…
“The cancers that develop in children are often different from the types that develop in adults. Childhood cancers are often the result of DNA changes in cells that take place very early in life, sometimes even before birth. Unlike many cancers in adults, childhood cancers are not strongly linked to lifestyle or environmental risk factors.
With some exceptions, childhood cancers tend to respond better to certain treatments, such as chemotherapy (also called chemo). Children’s bodies also tend to handle chemotherapy better than adults’ bodies do. On the other hand, children (especially very young children) are more likely to be affected by radiation therapy if it is needed as part of treatment. Both chemo and radiation therapy can also cause long-term side effects, so children who have had cancer need careful follow-up for the rest of their lives.” -American Cancer Society
And the repercussions touch everyone in the entire family. Sign in to watch video and read more.
Cancer Pathways in Seattle is an incredible organization. Among their many programs is an annual writing contest where children in the area write about how cancer has impacted them. Click here to access the entire series of hard earned, and heartfelt, insights Out of the Mouths of Babes.
Stephie Zimmerman is a childhood cancer survivor who also made a documentary film about the late effects of treatment. The film is Resilient. Here’s a trailer:
Contact Stephie directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to see the entire film.
Cancer Late Effects
Co-host Stephie Zimmerman talks about the impact chemotherapy had on her heart, and her subsequent need for a heart transplant.
Sean Swarner is an inspiration. Diagnosed with childhood cancer twice, he has climbed the 7 highest peaks on each continent, with just one functional lung. Read more about Sean here.
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