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Keywords:

  • Survivors of Childhood Cancer;
  • Medical and Psychosocial Long Term and Late Effects of Cancer Treatment;
  • Childhood Cancer Survivors

Abstract

Introduction

There are over 13 million cancer survivors in the United States, which constitutes 3–4% of the U.S. population. According to the Surveillance Epidemiology and End Results program (SEER) data the 5-year overall survival rate for children diagnosed with cancer between ages 0–19 is 83.1%, and 2/3 of childhood cancer survivors will experience at least one late effect of treatment.

Aim

To provide a brief overview of the medical and psychosocial effects of cancer treatments in survivors of childhood cancer with a focus on sexual and reproductive health issues in this population.

Methods

The development of a manuscript from a presentation at the Annual Society of Sexual Medicine meeting. An overview of long-term and late effects of treatment experienced by young adult cancer survivors was presented.

Main Outcome Measure

This manuscript is based on a presentation that reviewed the medical and psychosocial literature, consensus statements of professional groups, and clinical observations.

Results

Cancer and cancer treatments have both direct and indirect effects of physiological, psychological, and interpersonal factors that can negatively impact the health and well-being of cancer survivors including sexual and reproductive function and satisfaction.

Conclusions

Cancer, its management, and the resulting late effects must be explored and understood by providers caring for childhood cancer survivors so that educational, psychological, pharmacologic, as well as preventive interventions can be implemented with this population.