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“Hope is not enough. We must do much more.”

                                                                  ~ First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt




ore than 350,000 Americans are survivors
of pediatric cancers.  Surviving means living more than five years after diagnosis.  But there is a dark side to conventional treatments that casts a dark shadow over a survivor’s future.  The two-edged sword of survivorship is the significant risk of developing chronic or threatening health problems that last a lifetime.


The Cancer Establishment’s definition of a “cure” is when the patient lives five years after their diagnosis, and it is expected that he or she can get on with life.  But too often the family is puzzled when the child, teen, or young adult suddenly develops a new complication magnified by their toxic treatments.  These are known as “late effects” because they occur after the five-year survival mark.




Huge cancer organizations are fond of referring to surviving cancer as a “journey."  Let’s get real – cancer is a fierce, ravaging killer disease that needs to be challenged and conquered, not accepted as a rite of passage!


It is vitally important that childhood cancer survivors go forward to lead a lifestyle that encourages health. Toxic treatments have compromised the immune system, leaving the patient more susceptible to future cancers and other health problems. To help reduce risks is to eat an organic diet of mostly plant-based foods, to minimize sweets, to never smoke and avoid second-hand smoke, to not use alcohol or drugs, and to enjoy daily exercise.


Sadly, many childhood cancer survivors face continued pain, fear of future cancers, emotional trauma, sterility from toxic treatments, and disfigurement.  They may not complete school, lose friends, have trouble finding employment and may be denied health insurance. 


This page reveals some of the chronic or life-threatening health risks that childhood cancer survivors face. They need to continue regular check-ups with a doctor who is familiar with their case history, so it is important for the family to keep records of all treatments.




·  Survivors of childhood cancers have a nine-fold increased risk of developing a secondary sarcoma (cancer), compared with the general population.  Radiation and chemo drugs are the causes.

Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 21 February 2007


·  Children and adolescents who survive cancer have a significantly higher risk of developing heart disease as young adults.  They face a variety of complications, related to toxic cancer treatments that include heart failure, heart attacks, inflammation of the heart, and heart value abnormalities – as late at 30 years after therapy.

~ BMJ-British Medical Journal,

   10 December 2009


·  Radiation increases the risk of second primary tumors in the brain and spinal column for childhood cancer survivors.

~ Journal of the National Cancer

   Institute, 1 November 2006


·  Those who survived brain tumors were more likely to never marry.  Survivors of leukemia, and central nervous system cancers had the greatest likelihood to never marry.

~ Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, 2009


·  Women who survived childhood cancer are more likely to face particular risks for pregnancy.  Women treated with abdominal radiation delivered more prematurely, and also had postpartum hemorrhages after delivery.  They were also more likely to suffer premature menopause before age 40.  Risk factors were caused by radiation to the abdomen and certain chemo drugs.

~ Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 5 July 2006


·  Radiation treatments to the head can cause the female childhood cancer patient’s hypothalamus to reduce the production of hormones important for promoting ovulation.

~ ScienceDaily Health, 8 July 2009


· Childhood cancer survivors treated for brain tumors are two to three times more likely to suffer stroke later in life.  Those treated for leukemia have 15 times more risk of stroke.

~ Study at UT Southwestern Medical Center


· Fatigue, pain, and sleep problems dramatically reduce the thinking and reasoning abilities of adults who survive childhood cancers.  They are particularly vulnerable to impaired memory, emotional control, organization and related cognitive skills.  These problems significantly affect a survivor’s life and make it less likely they will hold a job, live independently, marry, or form other social connections.

~ St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, ScienceDaily Health,

11 April 2011


·  Many childhood cancer survivors struggle to fully participate in our society because of the lasting cognitive or physical effects of their past cancer treatments that cause: short stature, poor physical functioning, and cognitive problems, caused by toxic cures.

~ American Association for Cancer Research, 8 October 2009


·  Childhood cancer survivors of leukemia, brain, or other central nervous system cancers achieve lower-than-expected educational success.  Significantly, those who had radiation performed worse than the general population.

~ Journal of the National Cancer Institute, 27 January 2010


·  There is considerable evidence of adverse late effects, including lower intelligence testing scores that may impact the childhood cancer survivor’s educational performance.

~ ScienceDaily Health, 10 April 2009




Despite exaggerated claims of making steady advances with vague promises of better treatments through new drugs or targeted radiation, cancer remains the seemingly invincible killer disease, and toxic conventional treatments are flawed, outdated, and barbaric.


“It is clear that the complications, known and unknown, that will develop in survivors can demand a level of knowledge that is beyond the range of the general internist or family doctor, or even of medical oncologists,” says Philip Rosoff, M.D.


The best hope for victory over cancer is in safe, natural, nontoxic, effective treatments that enhance the body’s immune system and seek out, attack, and destroy cancer cells without damaging the normal cells.


Children Against Cancer is dedicated to helping children and teens do more than survive.  Our hope is for them to survive and thrive! You can help by being part of the solution.  
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