Nachsorge von Patienten mit Krebs im Kindes- und Jugendalter: Damit aus Überlebenden Geheilte werden

Translated title of the contribution: Aftercare of childhood cancer survivors: sso that survivors will be cured

J. Meitert, J. Peeters, M. Paulides, M. Metzler, J. D. Beck, H. G. Dörr, T. Langer*

*Corresponding author for this work
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Over the last 50 years, improvements in treatments for childhood cancer have led to the extremely gratifying result of survival rates that now exceed 75%. However, about two-thirds of the patients will suffer from late effects of chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy. Anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity, hearing impairment caused by platinum compounds, and endocrine disturbances related to radiation therapy are three commonly observed sequelae that afflict childhood cancer survivors. Systematic prospective aftercare of these patients is particularly important and is necessary in order to detect and treat organ impairment as soon as possible. The Late Effects Surveillance System (LESS) is a national aftercare network established by the German Association of Paediatric Oncology and Haematology (GPOH). In collaboration with therapy optimisation studies and other working groups of the GPOH, LESS gives recommendations for follow-up and fulfils advisory functions. A future aim is to develop treatments that will avoid major late effects.

Translated title of the contributionAftercare of childhood cancer survivors: sso that survivors will be cured
Original languageGerman
JournalMonatsschrift fur Kinderheilkunde
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)329-338
Number of pages10
Publication statusPublished - 04.2009

Research Areas and Centers

  • Academic Focus: Center for Brain, Behavior and Metabolism (CBBM)


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