Tuesday, February 9, 2010

The After Effects of Surviving Pediatric Brain Tumor

Kids who survived brain tumor after undergoing cancer treatments face the challenge of “late effects.” Technically, these are the after effects of having had cancer, which surface after the treatments have ceased. For those who have survived brain tumors as a child, the late effects could affect their mental and physical growth. These could come in the form of a slowed down cognitive function, growth anomalies, hormone-associated deficiencies, and auditory or visual problems. Apart from these, however, a child who has had cancer and survived remains at risk of developing cancer either as another brain tumor or in other organs of his body.

If your child is a brain tumor survivor, being attentive to his overall welfare could alert you of any unlikely development that could take place. Be especially vigilant when the time comes for your child to resume his normal way of life. Before hand, consult with your doctor regarding the important measures needed by your child during this phase of transition. Discussing your child's condition with his teachers is also imperative. Their cooperation is vital in helping ensure that your child has the necessary accommodations like shortened schedules or longer rest periods in this crucial period.

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