The enormous success in the therapeutic area of oncology has allowed achieving a number of long-term survival patients unthinkable until a few decades ago. The number of cancer survivors in the world has, in fact, almost tripled in the last decade alone. Anticancer therapies, including those of the latest generation, aimed at targeting also the chronicity of the disease, are not free from sideeffects, especially when used in the long term. This scenario should lead to development of follow-up programs with the purpose of assessing long-term effects related to cancer treatments, in addition to the early detection of any relapse or a second tumor. Oncologists who take care of cancer survivors cannot ignore these effects; it is, therefore, essential to start a program of prevention and treatment of these sequelae, to meet patients' health needs.
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- Cancer Research