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It Takes a Lifetime to Survive Childhood Cancer


"Fending off early death is a victory. What the next four or five decades are like remains a challenge, for patients and families and for doctors. Childhood cancer is rare, and research into its treatment remains underfunded; only 4 percent of federal funding of cancer research goes to pediatric oncology. Surviving cancer can affect a child’s entire developmental trajectory — physically and psychologically. There’s risk for hormone dysregulation and infertility, uneven limb length and lost muscle mass, hearing loss and brain damage."


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