What we are studying
Incredible progress has been made in curing childhood cancer. With all this success has come the awareness that childhood cancer treatment may lead to complications in some patients and sometimes this is after their treatment is completed. These late-occurring complications include cardiac dysfunction (a damaged heart that is unable to circulate blood efficiently), avascular necrosis (poor blood supply to an area of the bone that causes permanent bone damage), stroke (blood flow to the brain is interrupted), or a second cancer.
The goal of this study is to identify patients who are more likely to develop a late-occurring complication(s). If we know who is at a greater risk of developing a late-occurring complication(s), then we can observe those patients more closely, in order to prevent the complication from occurring or to find the complication early.