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Medical News and Perspectives
July 13, 2005

Cancer Treatment’s Trade-off

JAMA. 2005;294(2):167-168. doi:10.1001/jama.294.2.167

Orlando—Thanks to improved early detection and better cancer therapies, growing numbers of cancer survivors—including nearly 10 million in the United States—are living active and healthy lives years after diagnosis and treatment. Yet cancer survivors often bear a range of significant, long-term physical and psychological adverse effects from their treatments, including infertility, sexual dysfunction, cognitive impairment, and premature aging. In addition, they often have increased risks of recurrent and second cancers and struggle with financial and insurability issues.

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