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Melissa M. Hudson, MD
Exercise during early adolescence helps restore and maintain the proper density of bone minerals in survivors of childhood acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL), according to results of a study by St. Jude investigators. The study also found that nutritional supplements and alcohol interfere with the buildup of minerals needed to keep bones healthy.
The study, which was one of the first to evaluate behavioral factors that affect bone health in these patients, looked at exercise, use of nutritional supplements, tobacco, and alcohol, in addition to treatment history, the use of hormone therapy, and demographic variables.
“These findings are important because practicing healthy behaviors is the primary method available to survivors to reduce the risk of osteoporosis and other problems like heart disease and second cancers that occur in great frequency after treatment for childhood cancer,” said Melissa Hudson, MD, director of the After Completion of Therapy Clinic. Hudson is senior author of a report on this study that appears online in the pre-publication issue of Pediatric Blood & Cancer.
Other St. Jude co-authors include Sue Kaste, DO, Radiological Sciences; Rai Shesh, PhD, Biostatistics; Robert Danish, MD, Endocrinology; Ching-Hon Pui, MD, Hematology-Oncology; Cheri Sitter and Beth McCammon, RN, Radiological Sciences, and Katherine Flemming, POE student.
Last update: October 2005