Healthy habits important to childhood cancer survivors

BY NewsUSA Modified: February 4, 2013 at 12:45 pm •  Published: February 4, 2013

In addition to making healthy choices, it's critical that survivors are aware of the repercussions of cancer treatments on growing bodies and young minds -- such as certain cancer diagnoses and subsequent therapies carrying a higher risk of developing other diseases later in life.

According to Keene, the greatest threat to a survivor's well-being is a lack of information.

Here are some things to be aware of to maintain a healthy lifestyle and reduce late effects as survivors transition into adulthood:

* health education about exercise, diet, smoking, sun, seat belts, texting while driving, safe sex, etc.,

* reproductive counseling,

* psychosocial support,

* education about disease history, and

* discussion of risks associated with treatment.

Survivors should also utilize resources like The National Children's Cancer Society's Beyond the Cure survivorship program (www.beyondthecure.org), which offers the most up-to-date information available on survivorship.