FEATURED SEARCH TERM: childhood cancer survivor study
As the population of adults who had cancer as children increases, researchers are taking more seriously the challenge of identifying the long-term effects of their treatment. For instance, although the multicenter Childhood Cancer Survivor Study revealed nine years ago that young survivors self-report more lung problems than their siblings, it did not back this information up with pulmonary function studies. Now, Dutch researchers have done so. Their report offers new reasons why clinicians should be alert for the long-term pulmonary effects of chemotherapy and radiation on their youngest patients with cancer.
RESULT: Pulmonary function impairment measured by pulmonary function tests in long-term survivors of childhood cancer
Thorax | Dec 1, 2011 (FREE FULL TEXT)
It’s important to keep track of childhood cancer survivors as they mature, and Internet-based surveys would seem to be an efficient method. But this report focusing on the risk of infertility shows drawbacks and considerations that health researchers need to keep in mind as they design such instruments for self-reported followup. Beyond the usual problems with self-reported data, the nature of the technology may affect the results.
RESULT: Using Web-Based and Paper-Based Questionnaires for Collecting Data on Fertility Issues Among Female Childhood Cancer Survivors: Differences in Response Characteristics
Journal of Medical Internet Research | Sep 29, 2011 (FREE FULL TEXT)