Study Shows That Child Chemo Survivors Face Debilitating Health Problems Later On

Pediatric patients receiving chemotherapyBy Heather Callaghan

After America has witnessed at least two cases of forced chemotherapy on children – the true, damaging nature of chemotherapy bubbles to the surface.

A 17-year-old was strapped down and forcefully injected chemo toxins against her express wishes after it went before a judge. Likewise, an Ohio children’s hospital caught dosing a 10-year-old Amish girl with experimental chemotherapy drugs got a judge to uphold an order to keep up the “life-saving” procedure. The family left the country for her recovery with alternative methods.

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The unfortunate truth is that judges setting these violating precedents could be sentencing children to debilitating health problems later on or a shortened life. According to Northwestern University, the number of U.S. childhood cancer survivors has increased but most of the survivors past the five-year mark face chronic health problems related to treatment.

The study by Northwestern Medicine, National Cancer Institute and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital was published April 1 in Cancer Epidemiology, Biomarkers & Prevention, a journal of the American Association for Cancer Research. It is the first to estimate the prevalence of treatment-related chronic disease among survivors of childhood cancer at a national level. In 2011 there were around 400,000 childhood cancer survivors – 60,000 more than in 2005. Previous research also shows a shortened life and weakened quality of life for childhood cancer survivors who had chemo.

However, the stats for health outcomes are head-spinning:

  • Childhood cancer survivors report mental impairment, anxiety, pain and physical limitations that affect daily living.
  • 70 percent of the survivors of childhood cancers were estimated to have a mild or moderate chronic condition.
  • About 32 percent were estimated to have a severe, disabling, or life-threatening chronic condition.
  • An estimated 35 percent of the survivors, ages 20 to 49, had neurocognitive dysfunction.
  • About 13 to 17 percent of those in this age group had self-reported functional impairment, activity limitations, impaired mental health, pain or anxiety/fear.
Surviving cancer is not enough for lead author Siobhan Phillips who says:

The magnitude of diseases at relatively young ages is quite striking, since you would not expect many of these diseases to be a problem in the general population until much older ages.


We need a more coordinated approach to their care to help prevent or delay some of these chronic health problems that affect the quality of their lives. We want them to thrive, not simply survive.

One would hope that the goal goes beyond mere delay of chronic health problems as a child cancer survivor has suffered unbearably through enough.

Dr. Greg Armstrong, principal investigator of the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study said:

These facts should challenge all of us in the field not to be content simply with improving lifespan, but to dedicate the future of this field to improving the ‘health span’ of our survivors.

Indeed, the numbers game played with survivorship has been truly unkind to chemo survivors of all ages.

Please bookmark and share this article, especially when the topic of mandatory chemotherapy arises and demand better health services. For all the people who say “but Science says” or “evidence-based” need to understand that better Western measures are possible if corporate money is removed as a factor. Incentives should be freely given for finding lifelong CURES, not stifling sick-care measures. Ask science worshipers if these stats are really the best that can be offered children after decades of research and untold billions of dollars.

This is proof that medical dictators and judges have no right to decide what’s best for a minor’s health and that their actions, which are based on drive-by knowledge and hearsay, could injure, kill and rob a child of their future health. Under any other circumstances, those would be charges of child abuse, kidnapping, child endangerment and homicide.

The cases, which involve a consumer health service, should never make it to the courts in the first place. Judges, drug makers, and hospital personnel are not authorities over your health or your life. Not one iota.

Heather Callaghan is a natural health blogger and food freedom activist. You can see her work at and Like at Facebook.

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