A study published on July 13th in the Journal of Clinical Oncology revealed that young adult cancer survivors are more likely to be hospitalized than people who have no history of cancer. A study that analyzed data from more than 20,000 people in Ontario, Canada, found that those who had had their first cancer diagnosis between the ages of twenty and fourty-four were 1.5 times more likely to be hospitalized than the 100,000 young adults who had never been diagnosed with cancer.
However, those who had had gastrointential cancer, leukemia, bladder cancer, kidney cancer, colorectal cancer, brain cancer or lymphoma were twice as likely to be hospitalized than those who had not been diagnosed with any form of cancer. As Dr. Nancy Baxter from St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto pointed out, “Even when young adults survive cancer, the cancer still has an impact on their lives and their long-term health.”
Young adult cancer survivors are not the only ones at risk. Two thirds of children who have survived cancer were likely to experience long term complications from surgery, chemotherapy and radiation treatment
Although this research sounds rather upsetting, it is not. By having a better understanding of the effects on young adults who survive cancer later in life, it helps in counselling them on their future quality of life as well as beginning the process of identifying preventative strategies so that the survivors can live the life that they fought so hard to win back against cancer.