Something that isn’t often talked about is what happens after cancer. Especially in young people, who’s bodies and minds were still growing and developing during treatment. Oftentimes, children must be monitored for long-term side effects of their treatment. These are different for everybody, depending on the type of cancer and its location, the treatment and area of body treated, their age when they were treated, etc.
Many survivors of childhood cancer are prone to psychological impacts such as anxiety and depression. There’s lingering fears of recurrence.
Some people face fertility issues later in life, due to harsh drugs, surgery, or radiation to certain parts of the body.
Memory and attention issues following treatment may make it hard to learn. Long-term fatigue following treatment can also make it challenging to keep up with peers.
After the fast-paced environment of chemo, it is a big adjustment to transition back into “normal” life, both physically and emotionally.