The long-term side effects of toxic chemotherapy are too numerous to list here, but one of the worst effects is heart damage. Two drugs in particular – doxorubicin and daunorubicin – are known to cause severe damage to a child’s heart, and that damage is typically irreversible. He already will probably never run well again due to the neuropathy, but there are worse fears he has to face.
More children are surviving pediatric cancer than ever before, but for some there is a price to pay – a damaged heart. Some types of chemotherapy are so toxic that they damage the heart muscle.
As we pray for Harrison’s survival, we also pray his organs will be spared the damage such harsh drugs invariably cause. We pray for so many of our new friends in the childhood cancer community with us, as well.