I'm a school nurse, and was asked about this today by a student's teacher. Student is in grade school and underwent chemo 2-3 years ago for ALL, seems to have short-term memory problems to this day. Is this a common late effect? Any idea how long it can last?
Thanks so much, I have zero oncology experience!
Feb 24, '14
First thing that came to my mind was that childhood cancer survivors are at a greater risk of developing secondary leukemia or lymphoma in their adulthood.
I work in adult oncology and the memory problem is common after chemo (aka "chemo brain") which does go on for years. I didn't know that kids experience the same thing.