WASHINGTON: The people who suffered with cancer in their teenage still face difficulty in their job, to marry, to study and in all other fields of life despite of their recovery years later.
The recent study shows that survivors of teenage cancer face higher rates of depression, anxiety, issues with memory and task efficiency, compared to their siblings who did not have cancer.
“cancer diagnosis during adolescence has the potential to disrupr the growth process that is necessary for adulthood, so our own team felt it was important to try and characterize what obstacles these survivors are facing”, said lead author Dr Pinki Prasad.
Dr. Prasad and her colleagues analyzed data from nearly 2,589 survivors who were diagnosed with cancer between the ages of 11 and 21. The Childhood Cancer Survivor Study followed people who were diagnosed between 1970 and 1986 and also surveyed the survivors’ siblings as a comparison group.
Cancer survivors were also about 50 percent more likely than their siblings to report depression and twice as likely to report anxiety. And survivors rated themselves as having more problems with regulating their emotions and with memory.