Childhood Cancer Survivor Study

by: cancercompass
Childhood cancer survivors are getting ongoing medical care that isn't addressing the risks associated with their prior cancer therapy, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.

In the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study, researchers conducted a cross-sectional survey with 8,522 participants being asked a series of questions about medical care received in the preceding two years.  

Questions about whether they had medical visits, whether those visits were related to prior cancer, how to reduce their risks, and whether tests were discussed or ordered were a part of the study.

Findings of the 2-year study were:
  • 11.2% of survivors said they didn't receive any medical care
  • 57.3% of survivors received general medical care
  • 13.7% received general survivor-focused care
  • 17.8% received recommended risk-based care
  • 14.6% received care at a cancer center

Older, male, black or uninsured survivors were more likely to receive general medical care only. Those receiving risk-based, survivor-focused care had moderate or extreme cancer-related pain or anxiety, poor physical health, or more serious morbidity.

The study was published in the September 20th issue of the Journal of Clinical Oncology.