This is a mark of some of the success stories; people are living longer, and some of the serious side effects of cancer treatment show up many years later. I know given all the chemo and radiation I had (‘I glow in the dark’), that should my lymphoma be held at bay thanks to my transplant, I will have other, likely serious, problems further out. But that is the trade-off we make, by ‘cheating’ earlier death.
However, important that these longer-term effects be understood and that ‘survivors’ have doctors that are aware of these potential long-term effects. Interestingly, at a talk on transplants this week, the doctor noted this issue, and the importance of this being tracked on the international transplant registry, for researchers to have a more comprehensive understanding, an understanding necessary to modify treatments or patient care.