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AYA Cancer Survivors- Identify and Prevent Long-Term and Late Side Effects

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As many as two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors develop a long-term complication from the surgery, chemotherapy or radiation used in cancer treatment…”

It shouldn’t be surprising that AYA cancer patients who undergo aggressive toxic chemotherapy and radiation develop health problems 10, 20 even 30 years down the road. I was diagnosed with multiple myeloma in early ’94, underwent chemotherapy and radiation and eventually an autologous stem cell transplant in 12/95 and I live with a series of long-term and late stage side effects today.

The real question is what can be done to prevent or manage these future health challenges. While I certainly don’t have all the answers I do have experience and insight into long-term and late stage side effects of Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors. I was diagnosed with an incurable blood cancer at the age of 34. Okay, I wasn’t as young as most AYA cancer patients but I’ve learned a lot since my diagnosis in 1994.

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  • I froze some of my sperm in 1996- my son Alex was born on September 25th 1998.
  • I developed a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) in 1996 and chronic A-fib (atrial fibrillation) in the fall of 2010. Managing my heart, vein and blood health is now a top priority…
  • The cerebral dysfunction aka chemobrain that I developed shortly after aggressive chemo is much better but continues to negatively affect my life to this day…

These are three of the long-term and late stage side effects that AYA cancer survivors should learn about and work to avoid later in life. I take and recommend Life Extension Super Omega 3 because studies cite omega 3 as being brain, heart healthy.

In addition to my diet I exercise frequently but moderately as well as taking the nutritional supplements below. All are supported by evidence-based research citing increasing brain, blood, heart, bone and emotional health.

I am both a cancer survivor and cancer coach. For questions and answers about long-term and late stage side effects of both pediatric and AYA cancer survivors, scroll down the page, post a question or a comment and I will reply ASAP.

thank you,

David Emerson

  • Cancer Survivor
  • Cancer Coach
  • Director PeopleBeatingCancer

Young adults who survive cancer hospitalized more often than the general population

“In a paper published today in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, Dr. Baxter found that young adult cancer survivors overall were hospitalized 1.5 times as often as people in a control group

The rate of hospitalization was twice as high as the control population or greater for survivors of gastrointestinal cancer, leukemia, urological malignancies such as bladder or kidney cancer, colorectal, brain and lymphoma

The results were similar to what previous studies have found in children diagnosed with cancer. As many as two-thirds of childhood cancer survivors develop a long-term complication from the surgery, chemotherapy or radiation used in cancer treatment…”

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