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Year : 2018  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 77-80

Considerations for the long term treatment of pediatric sarcoma survivors

1 Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology, University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA
2 Karmanos Cancer Center, Detroit, Michigan, USA

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Dr. Kurt R Weiss
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Division of Musculoskeletal Oncology University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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DOI: 10.4103/ortho.IJOrtho_248_17

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Sarcomas are primary malignancies of the connective tissues. They are exceedingly rare in adults, but much more common in children. The historically recent advent of cytotoxic chemotherapy for pediatric sarcomas has revolutionized the treatment of these diseases and dramatically improved their prognoses. There is thus a population of pediatric sarcoma survivors that are “coming of age” as adults. However, this progress is not without consequences. Due to aggressive treatment protocols that include various combinations of surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation therapy, pediatric sarcoma survivors are at risk of myriad physical, medical, and psychological difficulties as they enter adulthood. These include but are not limited to physical disabilities, chemotherapy-induced cardiac issues, second malignancies, and anxiety. These patients pose unique challenges to their adult primary care physicians. One possible solution to these challenges is multidisciplinary sarcoma survivorship clinics. By paying greater attention to the unique issues of pediatric sarcoma survivors, involved physicians can maximize the physical and emotional health of pediatric sarcoma survivors.

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