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Late effects of childhood cancer treatments haunt survivors

Danielle would be among a generation of children who did survive, through radiation and chemotherapy. Now, 15 years later, the future has arrived. And with it — no longer an unknown — the awful physical and mental health consequences of late effects.

They range from the catastrophic — involving multiple organ failures, as in Danielle’s case — to the merely serious, the deterioration of single organs. The possibility of late effects hangs over all survivors of childhood cancers.

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