Navigation Links
New research shows lower educational outcomes for survivors of childhood cancer
Date:4/1/2009

VANCOUVER, APRIL 1, 2009 New research funded by the Canadian Cancer Society has discovered poor educational achievement and learning difficulties for some childhood cancer survivors, especially those diagnosed with brain tumours. This first-of-its-kind study, published in the journal Cancer, raises critical questions about the long term outlook for children with cancer.

"These are very significant findings," says Barbara Kaminsky, CEO Canadian Cancer Society BC and Yukon. "It is not good enough to just improve survival rates for these children. We need to ensure that as many childhood cancer patients as possible become more than survivorsrather we hope to have post-cancer thrivers."

Advances in treatment have dramatically increased the survival rate to over 80 per cent for children diagnosed with cancer. This has resulted in a growing number of children in today's education system who are cancer survivors. Unfortunately, many childhood cancer survivors suffer what are known as "adverse late effects" problems that may be related to the disease itself or the aggressive treatments they have been through.

With funding from the Canadian Cancer Society, this study is one of a series of papers expected from Mary McBride, senior scientist at the BC Cancer Agency and primary investigator for the Childhood Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Survivors Research program (CAYACS).

Parents and teachers have reported educational difficulties among survivors. Cancer survivors achieve lower levels of education, increased utilization of special education services and are more likely to repeat a grade level.

There is considerable evidence of adverse late effects including lower intelligence testing scores that may impact educational performance. A number of factors that increase the risk of poorer educational outcomes include diagnosis or treatment at a younger age, specific therapies and certain types of treatment. Girls in particular, as well as children who received radiation treatment, in particular, cranial radiation, seem to have an increased risk.

The study looked at almost 800 young BC survivors who had a primary diagnosis of cancer at 15 years of age or younger and who had survived for more than five years after since diagnosis.

This study is believed to be the first population-based research to use a comprehensive set of standardized measures to examine educational late effects of survivors of all childhood cancers. The findings have important implications for survivors, their parents, clinicians and educators who need to be aware of potential educational difficulties.

Sharing information between these groups is fundamental in addressing the transition to school. Regular monitoring of progress within the school system is essential to proving appropriate management of this group.


'/>"/>

Contact: Kristine Carrick
kcarrick@bc.cancer.ca
604-675-7340
Canadian Cancer Society
Source:Eurekalert

Related medicine news :

1. Stanford researchers find culprit in aging muscles that heal poorly
2. Children of depressed moms do better when dad is involved, SLU researcher finds
3. UCLA researchers identify markers that may predict diabetes in still-healthy people
4. Mayo Clinic researchers discover new diagnostic test for detecting infection in prosthetic joints
5. New research shows how chronic stress worsens neurodegenerative disease course
6. New research explores newborn in-hospital weight loss
7. Research may unlock mystery of autisms origin in the brain
8. Bipolar disorder relapses halved by Melbourne researchers
9. HIVs impact in Zimbabwe explored in new research
10. U.S. Research Funding Continues to Flatten as U.S. Health Costs Climb - in August 31 Science
11. Cell that triggers symptoms in allergy attacks can also limit damage, Stanford researchers find
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... ... and clinical practice of radiosurgery, is recognizing five medical residents and students for ... stereotactic body radiotherapy (SBRT). The awards will be presented at the 2016 SRS/SBRT ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 24, 2016 , ... Bio-Logic Aqua® Research Water Life Science® ... a trainer for Ageless Grace ( http://www.agelessgrace.com ) to discuss healthier lifestyles, especially ... 2016. , Formerly a Northwestern University Literature Professor, Kinst gravitated to her career ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... May 24, 2016 , ... In light of recent ... of the potential of contaminated well water throughout the Houston area. , Heavy floodwaters ... well water that’s exposed to contaminants. Residents may not even be aware of the ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... ... 2016 , ... The Dream Builders Project, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization based in ... in Tijuana, Mexico on Saturday, May 21st. The volunteers took the children out for ... More than 15 volunteers traveled from Los Angeles to Tijuana, Mexico for the day ...
(Date:5/24/2016)... Greenwich, Connecticut (PRWEB) , ... May 24, 2016 ... ... of Lyme and tick-borne disease research and education, today announced that it has ... and CEO of the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) in San ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:5/23/2016)... , May 23, 2016 Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: ... Fellowship and Internship programs. The hands-on learning experience is ... The full-time, paid Fellowship and Internship ... . Fellows and interns are provided optional housing ... Flint at the Riverfront Residence Hall to ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... The World Health Organization (WHO) expanded the Intended ... adolescents aged 13 years, and above. Effective immediately, the PrePex ... and adolescent males in the 14 priority countries in Southern ... first male circumcision device to receive WHO Prequalification on 31 ... said: " The expanded use of PrePex ...
(Date:5/23/2016)... 2016 The global  reprocessed medical ... by 2022, according to a new study by Grand ... coupled with the lack of centralized support for waste ... the demand for reprocessed medical devices market. Additionally, the ... that of the original device is the high impact ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: