• Why do people see a Late Effects Specialist?

    Asked by RockTom on Monday, April 8, 2013

    Why do people see a Late Effects Specialist?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • ticklingcancer's Avatar

      An unfortunate risk for those of us that have received chemo and/or radiation are delayed side effects. For some it may be greater than others. This article will help to explain this with much more detail than I can offer.


      over 4 years ago
    • SueRae1's Avatar

      Thanks for the link tickling, I just bookmarked the site. I knew that people who have had chemo are at risk for side effects years later, but never knew what the official name was

      over 4 years ago
    • Outlier's Avatar

      In the 1980's I had both Radiation & Chemotherapy. As a result I have experienced 'Late Effects' from the treatment. They include: Heart Valve Disease and Chronic Asthmatic Bronchitis. I have other chronic conditions of which the therapy's caused direct or indirectly.

      Over the last few years I've been diagnosed with a host of limiting chronic medical conditions which include what I noted above. These diagnosis, my current and future quality of life concerns, as well as my ongoing need for perspective, has compelled me to learn about the late effects of the therapies I had. Perspective important to me now, and in the near future. As I'm coming to terms these and other late effects will be be visiting me over time.

      I routinely see my Internist, and specialists where required.

      Livestrong.org offers a no-cost 'Guidebook' which has a chapter titled: After Treatment. The chapter includes a section on Late Effectsof Cancer Treatment. I found the material very helpful. My wife read the chapter which helped her gain a better understanding of my/our living in Survivorship needs.

      over 4 years ago

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