Cancer | Complications


Should I tell my doctor that I was treated for cancer as a child?

Yes, this information is important. Your doctor will want to know about any childhood cancer and treatment. The treatments for a childhood cancer can lead to problems later in life. These problems include obesity, brittle bones, depression, heart trouble, women's reproductive issues and a higher risk of other cancers. Up to 60% of childhood cancer survivors who are now adults have at least one ongoing or late-arising health problem.

You can work out a plan for follow-up with your family doctor. You may have to talk to your parents or your childhood doctors to get the best plan for your health care now.

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 02/14
Created: 06/02