In the UK more than 80% of children diagnosed with cancer survive at least five years, and the majority of survivors are cured. However cancer patients, of all ages, can often suffer from Late Effects.
“I relapsed when I was 12, for me that was the hardest part because I knew what was coming. I was then put on treatment and had a massive stroke”. Ellen was diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukaemia when she was nine years old. Now, some 17 years later, she reflects on the Late Effects including a stroke and heart failure, which happened 11 years after diagnosis. Here Ellen talks about what she has been through and her life now after having survived childhood cancer. Share Ellen’s video on your Facebook, Twitter or LinkedIn pages and help raise more awareness of childhood cancer and Late Effects.
Here are some examples of what may cause late effects to develop:
The research into late effects in children who beat cancer
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