Late Effects of Treatment and Palliative Care

Eric Chang, Robert Goldsby, Sabine Mueller, Anu Banerjee

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Abstract

Identifying late effects of treatment and integrating palliative care when appropriate are increasingly recognized as important elements of childhood tumor management. Patients with CNS tumors are at a high risk for mortality, and survivors have high morbidity rates related to the late effects of treatment. While intensified therapy has improved average 5-year survival in patients with pediatric brain tumors to 73 % (Ostrom et al. 2014) from less than 60 % in 1975–1979 (Linabery and Ross 2008), it has also increased the long-term consequences. Survivors may develop a spectrum of late effects ranging from subtle memory loss and cosmetic anomalies to severe neurological disabilities and recurrent neoplasms. While seemingly quite different, both palliative and late-effects care focus on improving quality of life for patients and need to be integrated into the overall care plan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationPediatric Oncology
PublisherSpringer-Verlag
Pages365-387
Number of pages23
Edition9783319307879
DOIs
StatePublished - 2017
Externally publishedYes

Publication series

NamePediatric Oncology
Number9783319307879
ISSN (Print)1613-5318
ISSN (Electronic)2191-0812

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Oncology

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