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Latest update: January 3, 1999
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Coping with the Late Effects of Childhood Cancer

Coping with the Late Effects of Childhood Cancer

Article in New York Times, Sunday, January 3, 1999, by Sheryl Gay Stolberg. Main problem facing survivors of childhood cancer is difficulty in obtaining medical insurance, and the so-called "late effects," the toll that the treatment medications take on other parts of the body. The young woman featured in the article experienced kidney damage and now has hepatitis C from blood transfusions, in addition to the loss of her leg to cancer. Stoberg reports that employers are often fearful to hire such survivors for fear of future medical problems.

We are hoping to have soon a section in Dear Habermas on childhood cancer. Check for updates.