Childhood Cancer Survivors Experience Sensory Changes After Treatments


This study found that survivors of childhood cancer often experience changes in their sense of touch and pain sensitivity even years after treatment. Over 85% of survivors had some sensory abnormalities compared to the general population, most of them had reduced sensitivity to touch, and some also experienced increased pain sensitivity.

These changes may be linked to the way cancer treatment affects the nervous system. Interestingly, not all survivors were aware of these differences, suggesting that they might have adapted to them over time.
The study also found that survivors of childhood leukaemia were more likely to have sensory changes, possibly due to specific treatments they received. Additionally, children who reported more anxiety and fear of pain were also more sensitive to touch and pain. This highlights the importance of managing pain properly during cancer treatment and after.

These findings bring new information on the long-term effects of childhood cancer treatments and the need for personalized care for survivors. Understanding these sensory changes can help doctors have better conversations with patients about their experiences and improve their quality of life in the long run. Further research is needed to fully grasp the impact of altered senses on childhood cancer survivors.