Late Effects of Neuroblastoma
The potential late effects following treatment for neuroblastoma depends on the therapy received and the age at which therapy was received, as well as many other factors.
There are a couple of very important resources that you should be aware of as a survivor of children’s cancer. The Childhood Cancer Survivor Long-Term Follow-Up Guidelines, available at www.survivorshipguidelines.org, is a comprehensive set of healthcare screening guidelines designed for use by health care providers. In addition to the guidelines for healthcare providers, there is a series of Health Links that contain important information for patients regarding their long-term health. These Health Links cover a wide range of topics to assist patients in managing their ongoing health care. Your healthcare provider can review them with you.
Survivors of all cancers will benefit from learning more about the following topics:
- Reducing the risk of second cancers
- School and learning issues after children’s cancer
- Finding appropriate healthcare after children’s cancer
- Emotional issues after children’s cancer
Late effects occur frequently in survivors of high-risk neuroblastoma; the majority of these problems are of mild to moderate severity. You can learn about some of the more common issues of concern to survivors of neuroblastoma by reviewing the following links:
- Hearing problems after treatment
- Primary hypothyroidism
- Growth hormone deficiency
- Affect of cancer therapy on ovaries
- Lung (pulmonary) health after treatment
- Bone health after treatment
- Dental health after treatment