Supported by Bristol-Myers Squibb through the Robin Roberts Cancer Thrivership Fund
Survivors of childhood cancer are at high risk of late health problems related to cancer treatment. Our early work suggested that health problems differ among survivors based on social-economic status like level of education, household/personal income, and the neighborhood in which they live. In the proposed research, we will describe and measure differences in health problems among childhood cancer survivors based on the social-economic status. We will focus on common health problems including obesity, high blood fat levels (triglycerides or cholesterol), abnormal blood sugar control, high blood pressure, heart muscle weakness, and heart attack. We will use stored blood samples and data already available from the St. Jude Lifetime Cohort Study to study biologic changes that may predict a survivor’s risk of health problems and links to social-economic factors. We hope that the results of this work will help identify survivors at higher risk for health problems and guide new research aiming to reduce, reverse, or prevent the harmful effects of social-economic factors on health problems after treatment for childhood cancer.