Childhood central nervous system injury increases risk of adverse cognitive effects as an adult

Takeaway

  • Childhood cancer survivors treated with central nervous system (CNS)-directed therapy are more vulnerable to neurocognitive impairment caused by chronic health conditions (CHC) during adulthood.

Why this matters

    The impact of CNS injury during childhood (for example, childhood cancer treatment, traumatic brain injury) may be progressive and only fully apparent as other damage/stress is placed on the brain later in life due to CHC.