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Childhood Cancer and Psychiatric Problems

Brain Cancer Survivors Have More Problems, but Other Survivors Don't

Follow-Up Needed

Childhood cancer expert Joseph V. Simone, MD, says long-term follow-up is critical for all pediatric cancer survivors. In an editorial accompanying the study, the former St. Jude Children's Research Hospital CEO wrote that systematic follow-up of childhood cancer patients is badly needed in the U.S. He recently served as chairman of an Institute of Medicine policy board, which will make recommendations for improving follow-up in a report scheduled for release this fall.

"Even though childhood cancer is largely curable, it should be thought of as a chronic disease," he tells WebMD. "The treatments that we have available today, while effective, are tough and some are quite toxic. Patients have to have regular checkups for the rest of their life and be alert to potential problems."

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