By Gene Emery It's long been known that cancer survivors — people alive five years after diagnosis — face a higher risk of premature death, and doctors have made efforts over the decades to reduce those deaths. A new study of childhood cancer cases suggests that the effort has been successful, at least to some degree. Most people “kind of assume that if you hit the five-year time point, you've beaten your cancer and the story's over,” chief author Dr. Gregory Armstrong of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis told Reuters Health by phone.
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Delayed deaths declining among pediatric cancer survivors