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Progress Treating Childhood Diseases Creates Challenges in Adult Care

Aaron Levin
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Ann Intern Med. 1998;128(10):882-884. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-128-10-199805150-00038
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Childhood leukemia survivor Thaddeus Leaseburg of Houston balances study at Baylor College of Medicine with energetic-some might say risky-recreation: motorcycle riding, scuba diving, and flying an airplane. A few decades ago, children like Leaseburg who had cancer, congenital heart disease, or metabolic disturbances were not expected to live beyond childhood. Today, children who have these diseases are surviving well into adulthood. For instance, the median survival time of a child with cystic fibrosis, which at one time was measured in months, is now 31 years.

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