I had childhood cancer and now I have high blood pressure, why?

Q: My son is 16, is a cancer survivor of T cell Lymphoblastic Lymphoma and has extremely high BP. He is lean, young, with little salt in his diet. Why is his BP so high?

A: Careful follow-up of blood pressure is recommended for long-term survivors of childhood cancers. Hypertension can be a late complication of having been treated for cancer. It is excellent that your son is maintaining a normal body weight as many survivors have trouble with weight control.

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