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Childhood Cancer Survivors Suffer in Adulthood

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Curing cancer in children has been one of the major achievements of the past three decades. Now many of those survivors are adults, and a new study finds they're at extraordinarily high risk for a wide range of new diseases.

Thirty years after their initial cancer diagnosis, almost three-fourths of survivors have a chronic medical condition, and more than 40 percent of them have a serious problem.

Among the leading risks cited: a second cancer, heart disease, infertility, and the need for a joint replacement.

Cancer experts say the medical system is not doing a very good job of providing the long-term care these childhood cancer survivors need.

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