Second malignant tumors in pediatric cancer survivors

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The development of a second malignancy is one of the most serious late effect for children who have been cured from the first malignancy. Chemoradiotherapy is a carcinogenic factor of the developing of the second malignancy. Organs and tissues of the child's body, taking into account the degree of maturity, microenvironment, age and life factors, are differently susceptible to the carcinogenic effects of chemo- and radiation therapy. Given the increase in the number of patients cured from the first malignancy, improving therapy is aimed at reducing the risk of developing a second malignancy as the child's body grows and develops. Determining the risk factors for secondary malignancy and developing measures aimed at reducing the frequency of secondary tumors in pediatric cancer survivors is an important task of modern oncopediatry. This paper presents the most common childhood tumors, after treatment of which the development of the second malignancy occurs. Risk factors and timing of secondary tumors are highlighted. Special attention is paid to recommendations for monitoring people who have been cured of malignancy in childhood.

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Tatiana Yu. Pavlova

Blokhin National Medical Research Center of Oncology

Moscow, Russia

Timur T. Valiev

Blokhin National Medical Research Center of Oncology

Moscow, Russia


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