Diagnosing these problems can be very difficult. A major reason is the amount of damage and scaring the chemo does to so many important organs. The damage seems to be much worse in teenagers. Chemo can not identify cancer cells, therefore is searches and destroys all fast growing cells (which is why you lose hair and finger nails). Unfortunately for teenagers, they have a lot fast growing healthy cells and hormones. The chemo is also attacking and damaging all those healthy cells.
There are some very exciting drugs in research that can solve that problem. They are called "smart bomb" drugs, and can actually identify the specific cells with cancer. We are looking at one of these experimental drugs call Baxxer. Baxxar took 15 years and 1.2 billion dollars to develop, and it is still classified as experimental (which means insurance will not touch it). This is why funding for research is so important. These young people are being ignored. Due to lack of specialized research, these kids are receiving mega doses of adult chemo's. There is essentially no research into the long term effects that this chemo will have these young people. That is why I am running to help raise money for Leukemia - Lymphoma research.