NCCN Guidelines for Patients® | Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults - page 86

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NCCN Guidelines for Patients
®
: Caring for Adolescents and Young Adults
Version 2013
Part 8: Moving beyond treatment
In addition, many cancer treatments have been linked to
late effects that may not become obvious until years after
you’ve finished treatment, including:
Secondary cancers,
Heart problems,
Lung problems,
Hearing problems,
Cataracts (clouding of the eye lens),
Stroke,
Kidney problems, and
Osteoporosis.
Cancer leaves its mark in other ways, as well. You
may find that you experience nagging worries, doubts
about the future, and concerns about school, work, and
relationships.
Dealing with these effects will take time, patience, and
plenty of support. So instead of a cancer treatment team,
you now will need a cancer survivorship team.
To prepare, you’ll want to make sure you have all
your medical information as well as access to doctors,
therapists, and other professionals who can be part of
your survivorship team. To begin, make sure you have
complete and accurate records of your overall medical
history, including:
Your
family medical history
(eg, blood relatives
who have had diabetes, heart conditions, cancer,
stroke, and other conditions),
All v
accinations and immunizations
you have had,
Any
past injuries or surgeries
—including details
on the treatment and results,
Information on any
ongoing health problems
you
have other than cancer, including dental issues,
A complete list of all
medications
you are currently
taking, including over-the-counter drugs—the list
should specify drug names, doses, and the name of
the prescribing doctor,
Notes about any
side effects or reactions
you
have had to medicines or medical treatments,
For more on long-term and late effects of cancer
treatment, check out:
The LIVE
STRONG
Foundation’s “Aftereffects
of Cancer Treatment” Web page (www.
livestrong.org/Get-Help/Learn-About-Cancer/
Cancer-Support-Topics/Physical-Effects-of-
Cancer/Aftereffects-of-Cancer-Treatment).
Cancer.Net’s “Late Effects” Web page (www.
cancer.net/survivorship/late-effects).
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