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Psychological issues more likely in pediatric neuroblastoma survivors

Children and teenagers who survived neuroblastoma were more likely to have impairments in the areas of attention deficits, peer conflict/social withdrawal, anxiety/depression and headstrong and antisocial behaviors over 13.3 years of median follow-up, compared with siblings, according to a study in the journal Cancer. Researchers also found that having two or more chronic health conditions, especially endocrine disease, peripheral neuropathy and pulmonary disease, predicted impairment, but common treatment exposures did not.

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