February 15, 2012

Children Survive Cancer, But Face Stroke After Radiotherapy


Survivors of childhood cancer who were treated with cranial radiation therapy (CRT) are at high risk for future stroke beginning as early as their 20s, the results of 2 new studies suggest…James Meschia, MD, chairman of neurology at the Mayo Clinic, Jacksonville, Florida, commented to Medscape Medical News, "This is very important new information, because it gives us insight into the late long-term complications in a quantitative way. In particular, as we get better treating pediatric cancers, the importance of minimizing the late complication of stroke grows exponentially."

Medscape, by Caroline Helwick, 02/14/2012

Tags: Cancer, childhood cancer, cranial radiation therapy, CRT, James Meschia, Mayo Clinic Jacksonville, Medscape Medical News, Neurology, Pediatrics, Radiology

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