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3 Ways to Help Childhood Cancer Survivors

In this issue of LIFELINE, we bring you news about 3 ongoing studies, and talk with 2 childhood cancer survivors who are taking part in one of these.

One study looks at using  a healthy lifestyle app with or without daily medicine to prevent diabetes. Childhood cancer survivors have a higher risk for diabetes than the general public and diabetes can lead to other serious problems. The good news is that it can be prevented in many cases. Two survivors, Kailey and Wesley, share their experiences of being on the study.

Another study explores whether a smartwatch electrocardiogram (ECG or EKG) is as accurate as a traditional ECG. If so, we could receive important information about your heart function remotely so you would not always have to travel to a clinic to have the test.

Finally, we want to know why some Hodgkin lymphoma survivors have memory problems. We are testing a special tool that measures blood flow to the brain. We hope this will help us gather clues about what could be causing memory problems.

Thank you for your continued dedication to the St. Jude LIFE study. Because of your involvement, we continue to learn more to help childhood cancer survivors worldwide.

As always, if you have questions, comments, or ideas for LIFELINE stories, please contact us at lifeline, email, or call 800-775-2167.

Melissa Hudson and Kiri Ness
Co-Principal Investigators of St. Jude LIFE

Dr. Melissa Hudson

Dr. Melissa Hudson

Dr. Kiri Ness

Dr. Kiri Ness

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