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Certain childhood cancer treatments can cause digestive problems later in life.
The digestive system includes organs that digest, or break down, food. This allows the body to absorb nutrients to build and nourish cells and provide energy.
Conditions may include:
Survivors with these symptoms are encouraged to consult their health care provider. Symptoms that come on quickly or are severe (such as sudden abdominal pain and vomiting) may indicate an urgent problem that requires immediate medical attention.
Survivors are encouraged take action to prevent digestive problems and detect problems early.
If problems are suspected, the doctor may also order tests such as:
Survivors can prevent some digestive problems with healthy habits:
Reviewed: November 2019