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Are there any late effects of cancer treatment?

Are there any late effects of cancer treatment?

If you underwent cancer treatment as a child, you may be at risk of many of the same late side effects of treatment as people who were adults during their cancer treatments. But you may also be at risk of additional late side effects.

How long does it take for cancer to go away after treatment?

For cancers that return, most do so within the first 5 years after treatment. But, there is a chance that cancer will come back later. For this reason, doctors cannot say for sure that you are cured. The most they can say is that there are no signs of cancer at this time.

Why do some cancers come back after chemotherapy?

Giving chemotherapy in a series of treatments helps to catch as many cells dividing as possible. Cells that were resting when you had your first treatment, may be dividing when you have your next and so will be more likely to die. But it is unlikely that any chemotherapy treatment will kill every single cancer cell in the body.

How is the prognosis of a cancer patient determined?

Survival statistics most often come from studies that compare treatments with each other, rather than treatment with no treatment. So, it may not be easy for your doctor to give you an accurate prognosis. Cure means that there are no traces of your cancer after treatment and the cancer will never come back.

What are the long term effects of cancer treatment?

Learn about late and long-term effects of cancer treatment so that you can take more control of your health as a cancer survivor. Your cancer treatment is over, but the treatments that may have saved your life may also continue to cause side effects.

When do late effects of cancer treatment appear?

Not all cancer survivors will experience late effects. If you do, they may appear soon after treatment or up to years after treatment ends. Let your loved ones know that this can happen. In most cases, the earlier these late effects are identified, the easier they are to treat.

How did the treatment of cancer evolve over the years?

Cancer Treatment: A Look at How It Has Evolved in 70 Years. In 1947, when Dana-Farber Cancer Institute founder Sidney Farber, MD, set out to find a drug treatment for childhood leukemia, cancer treatment took two forms – surgery to cut out cancerous masses, and radiation therapy to burn them out.

What happens at the end of cancer treatment?

A: Survivors can ask their oncologist for an end of treatment summary that outlines the original diagnosis, including the cancer type, stage, and the treatments received. These details will be important to future health care providers throughout their lifetime.