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Continued: Kids who beat cancer face adult health problems early

  • Article by: ANITA CREAMER , The Sacramento Bee (MCT)
  • Last update: December 23, 2013 - 11:56 AM

People who beat cancer as kids in the 1960s and ’70s are pioneers helping today’s doctors research their survival.

“You can’t take back that you got radiation or chemotherapy, but exercise and diet can reduce your overall risk of late effects,” said Ruth Rechis, a pediatric cancer survivor. “Getting moving again is such an important issue.”

 

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  • Ten-year-old Evan Whisenant beat a rare form of leukemia in 2008 and is thriving today. “It was boom, boom, boom, save her. We knew there would be side effects,” said her mother, Shannon Evan Whisenant. At home in Antelope, Calif., Evan worked on a drawing, top left, and played “Guess Who?” and baked cookies with her mom, right. Her favorites? “Snickerdoodles,” she said. “They’re Santa’s favorite, too.”

  • Evan Whisenant, 10, makes cookies with her mom, Shannon, at home in Antelope, Calif., on Nov. 26, 2013. Evan beat leukemia five years ago but still suffers from side effects of the treatments.

  • Evan Whisenant, 10, plays a game of Guess Who with help from her mom, Shannon, on Nov. 26, 2013. Evan beat leukemia five years ago but still suffers from side effects of the treatments.

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