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For Cancer Survivors: What are the most common late effects?
The risk of developing any one particular late effect is influenced by many factors. These factors include:
- The type of cancer and where in the body it was located
- The type and amount of treatment
- The area that was treated
- The child’s age while undergoing treatment
- Genetic factors or health problems that the child had before the cancer diagnosis
- Late effects may affect bones, organs or tissues (physical effects); feelings, mood or actions (psychosocial effects); or thinking, memory and learning (cognitive effects).
Some of the more commonly identified late effects interfere with normal function of the heart, lungs, fertility, thyroid, and brain, as well as the development of second cancers.
A healthy, balanced diet is as important in survivorship as it was during active treatment for cancer.
During cancer treatment, you may have had problems eating because of nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or constipation, mouth sores or changes in how food tasted.
Other symptoms may have included:
- Poor appetite
- Dry mouth
- Change in taste or smell
- Trouble swallowing
Most of these side effects will stop once treatment ends. However, cancer treatment may have some lasting side effects that may interfere with eating.
Read some inspiring stories from other survivors.