Approximately 420,000 Americans are adult survivors of childhood cancer, and these individuals may be twice as likely to have high blood pressure, also known as hypertension, according to researchers at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.
The Mattie Miracle Cancer Foundation is dedicated to addressing the psychological needs of children and families with childhood cancer. It also aims to educate health care providers about potential psychosocial effects of a diagnosis.
Sprycel (dasatinib), an oral medication that helps reduce the production of damaged white blood cells, has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for the treatment of pediatric patients with Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia in chronic phase.
When pediatric patients are given radiation treatment for cancer, they often get scared or nervous because they do not have an understanding of the process and the machines involved. To remedy this, anesthesia is used in many cases, though the long-term side effects are still unknown.
Despite impressive efficacy for the human papillomavirus (HPV) vaccine reducing the prevalence of high-risk oral HPV infections by 88 percent, many young adults still are not getting the vaccine – sparking concern in the health community.