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late effects of cancer


People who have been through cancer treatment may develop “late effects” as a result of chemotherapy or radiation damaging cells. These complications can be physical or emotional and range from minor to serious. 


It’s important to know that not every young person who has treatment will have significant late effects, and late effects don’t mean that the cancer has returned. The sort of late effects that might develop and their severity usually depends on things like what treatment was given, at what age and for how long. 


Your medical team should speak to you before treatment finishes about what you might expect and if there are any warning signs to look out for. Many hospitals also offer a late effects clinic that you can access. A good late effects or long-term follow-up clinic will help young people look after their health and wellbeing, not just check for problems. 


If you’re worried at any time, contact your doctor, late effects clinic or treatment centre. Of course, the Redkite support team are here to help as well. 

Last updated September 2015.