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.