Most childhood survivors of cancer are psychologically healthy. However, some studies have indicated that a small number of childhood leukemia survivors were more likely than their healthy peers to report changes in mood or behaviour, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.
Learning disabilities can begin during treatment or appear months or years afterward. Areas that can be affected include:
- Spatial relationships
- Problem solving
- Attention span
- Information processing
- Planning and organizing
- Concentration skills
- Fine motor coordination, which can cause poor handwriting
- Download or order The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's free booklet, Long Term and Late Effects of Treatment for Childhood Leukemia or Lymphoma Facts.