Many survivors of childhood brain tumors could struggle to live independently

September 27, 2018

According to a new U.S. study, adults who experienced brain cancer as a child may find it more difficult to live independently and have rich, personal lives.

In this study, 306 childhood brain tumor survivors were surveyed at an average of 26 years old. Of this sample group, 40 percent of the population had attained levels of independence of a typical 20 year old such as managing a home, job, or marriage.

Consequently, the results concluded, 34% were only moderately independent, indicating they accomplished only some of the typical landmarks of adulthood. Additionally, 26% were not independent, indicating that they require assistance in navigating daily life.

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