Researchers reveal the reason why second cancers are more deadly in younger patients. The findings now explain the poor outcomes in younger patients.
– The difference in survival rates for all types of cancer between initial and second was greatest for people younger than 40 years.
– Children and young adults had five-year survival rate of 80% after first cancer and dropped to 47 and 60 percent respectively.
– Lower financial reserves, lack of resources and support, and limitations in doses as a result of prior treatment caused lower survival rates for second cancers.
They may not have adequate insurance, or they may get lost in the system. They may suffer from depression, which can contribute to their overall health and worsen their cancer outcome.
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