Treatment Aftershocks Survivors guided through territory of long-term and late effects
For Vukicevic and other survivors of pediatric or adult cancers, surviving is only the first part of the battle. After completing therapy, survivors can continue to experience the side effects of therapy or develop new problems associated with treatment.
The timing of onset of such complications can vary widely. Some problems, such as fatigue, can begin during therapy and may continue indefinitely, though the duration and severity differs greatly between individuals. Conditions that start during therapy and persist for months or years, sometimes referred to as long-term effects, differ from those that start well after therapy has been completed, which are considered late effects.