Although cancer in children is rare, it is estimated that 10,700 children (including 1,000 Texans) aged 0-14 years are diagnosed with cancer each year. While more than 80% of these children are expected to be long-term survivors of their malignancy, 62.3% of these patients will experience some late effect of the illness and/or treatment. Often these issues will not become apparent until many years after completing therapy. This course focuses on possible late effects of childhood cancer survivors.
Released July 1, 2012
Expires July 15, 2015
Primary care physicians, physician assistants, and nurse practitioners
Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to:
- Estimate the prevalence of childhood cancer in Texas and in the United States;
- Discuss the spectrum of childhood cancer diagnoses;
- Appraise these patients for risks of specific late effects; and
- Review the role of the primary care physician.