As radiation therapy declined so did second cancers in childhood cancer survivors

Greg Armstrong, MD, is an author of the paper and is the principal investigator for the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study (CCSS), a cohort of more than 35,000, designed to study the long-term effects of treatment of childhood cancer. The February 28 JAMA study utilized data from the CCSS. Credit: Seth Dixon / St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

Childhood cancer survivors are living longer. Now research shows they are also less likely to develop second cancers while still young. The decline followed a sharp drop in the use of radiation therapy for treatment of childhood cancers.

Between the 1970s and the 1990s, the percentage of pediatric patients treated with radiation fell from 77 to 33 percent. The average radiation dose also dropped. Their chance of…

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