Cancer survivors often living with young children: study

More than 1.5 million in U.S. live with kids under 18

According to a new study of 13,385 cancer survivors who participated in U.S. national health surveys from 2000 to 2007, over 1.5 million of them in the U.S. are parents living with kids under age 18, Reuters reports. Dr. Kathryn Weaver of Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center and her team report in the journal Cancer that an estimated 18 per cent of newly diagnosed cancer survivors, and 14 per cent of all U.S. cancer survivors, live with one or more kids who are minors, which means that about 1.58 million cancer survivors in the U.S. are living with about 2.85 million children. These families may need extra support, but talking to parents about family life isn’t often part of the treatment process, they say.