Pollution in the air may pose risk for pediatric cancer survivors

May 27, 2019

As the progression of better research and treatment has developed, childhood cancer rates have dramatically increased to nearly 80 percent survival rates. Unfortunately, however, many survivors experience long lasting health complications due to cancer treatment.  According to new research from Huntsman Cancer Institute (HCI) and the University of Utah, poor air quality may significantly increase respiratory issues in cancer survivors.

Scientists found that individuals who had received chemotherapy were significantly more likely to suffer respiratory illness when compared to the cancer free group.  Specifically, this study focused on survivors were exposed to high levels of air pollution. Results from this experiment are suspected to be the result of lung damage and possible immunosuppression, possible side effects of chemotherapy.  

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