Long-term follow up in childhood cancer

About 2-5 years after cancer treatment has finished, your child or young person will transfer into long-term follow-up care. This has more focus on long-term problems that may be the result of the disease or treatment. Remember, many young people do not develop any long-term problems.

You may have some questions about how to keep well and healthy and what to worry about or not to worry about after finishing your treatment for cancer. 

Research shows that survivors of childhood cancer are more likely to have learning difficulties than their peers. Long-term follow-up care will help you identify if there is a problem and what you should do about that. 

There is some important information for you to know if you have had anthracycline chemotherapy or radiation to your chest. 

Some young people who have had certain types of treatment are more likely to have problems with their teeth. It is important to see your dentist regularly - at least once a year. 

Some cancers and cancer treatments can cause infertility. Infertility happens when you stop producing sperm or when your sperm is too damaged. Not all cancers and cancer treatments cause infertility.

Some cancers and cancer treatments can affect your fertility. Talk to your healthcare team about your individual risk.

Check this important information if you have had anthracycline chemotherapy or radiation to your chest and are planning a family.