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Adult survivors of childhood leukemia have lower bone mineral density, study finds
Date:12/3/2008

s of another hormone called IGF-1 can contribute to poor bone health, but that they are not the only factors involved. The researchers believe the disease itself or the treatments such as radiation particularly radiation to the brain and chemotherapy may affect bone growth.

"Survivors with known growth hormone deficiency or insufficiency should definitely be screened, but we would argue that all adult survivors should be screened as well. The disease, chemotherapy and cranial radiation even if they do not lead to growth hormone deficiency may play a role in the development of osteopenia or osteoporosis," Thomas says.


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