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Good news and bad news in Minnesota childhood cancer treatment

There is good news and bad news in the field of childhood cancer treatment. The good news is that children with cancer have an 80 percent chance of survival. The bad news is that, a recent study conducted by the Huntsman Cancer Institute, those survivors are more likely to suffer health issues later in life and require Social Security disability assistance.

Future health challenges faced by children who survived cancer include cardiac failure, second cancer diagnosis and other kinds of severe medical issues. These medical issues can result in an inability to work. The Huntsman Cancer Institute's study, which looked at children diagnosed with cancer between the years of 1970 and 1986, showed that these children have over five times the chance of later receiving Social Security disability benefits than people who have no history of cancer.

Anne Kirchhoff, Ph.D., conducted the research at the Huntsman Cancer Institute. She says that the study points out the importance of assisting cancer patients in functioning throughout the rest of their lives -- and not just treating them until their cancer therapies are concluded. She said that children who were diagnosed with cancer at the age of 4 or under had seven times the chance of needing Social Security disability assistance later in life as compared to cancer survivors diagnosed while they were teenagers. Fortunately, Kirchhoff claims that hospitals are beginning to create new strategies to help cancer survivors over the long term.

Millions of Americans rely on Social Security disability assistance to meet their monthly living expenses. Although many Americans are able to qualify for government benefits on their own without professional assistance, in some cases, qualifying can be difficult. Fortunately, it is available to help those who are having a hard time navigating this complicated government bureaucracy.

Source:, "Childhood cancer survivors more likely to claim social security support as adults," VerticalNews Health & Science, April. 28, 2015

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