Treatment for childhood cancer - long-term risks

Childhood cancer - late effects

Today's cancer treatments help cure many children of cancer. These treatments also may cause health problems later on. These are called "late effects."

Late effects are treatment side effects that appear several months or years after treatment for cancer. Late effects can impact one or more areas of the body. Effects can be mild to severe. Examples include learning, vision, joint, or teeth problems.

Whether your child will have late effects depend on the type of cancer and the treatments your child has. Being aware of your child's risk of long-term health problems can help you follow-up with health care providers and detect any problems early.

What Causes Late Effects

Risk Factors

Types of Late Effects

Preventing Health Problems

Follow-Up