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.
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.
“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…”