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.