IMPORTANCE: Survivors of childhood cancer (CCSs) face risk of developing subsequent tumors. Solid benign tumors may be cancer precursors; benign tumors and cancers may share etiologic factors. However, comprehensive data on the risk for solid benign tumors are lacking.
OBJECTIVE: To quantify the incidence of and treatment-related risk factors for histologically confirmed solid nonskin benign tumors among CCSs.
DESIGN, SETTING, AND PARTICIPANTS: This record linkage study involves the Dutch Childhood Oncology Group-Long-Term Effects After Childhood Cancer (DCOG-LATER) cohort of 6165 individuals diagnosed with childhood cancer at younger than 18 years from January 1, 1963, through December 31, 2001, in 7 Dutch pediatric centers and who survived at least 5 years after the diagnosis. Study groups eligible for record linkage from 1990 onward included 5843 CCSs (94.8%) and 883 siblings. Benign tumors were identified from the population-based Dutch histopathology and cytopathology registry (PALGA). Follow-up was completed on May 1, 2015. Data were analyzed from January 1, 1990, through May 1, 2015.
MAIN OUTCOMES AND MEASURES: Cumulative incidence of any subsequent benign tumor for cohort strata and multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression models (hazard ratios [HRs]) were used to evaluate potential risk factors for 8 major benign tumor subtypes.
RESULTS: Of the 5843 eligible CCSs (55.9% male), 542 (9.3%) developed a histologically confirmed subsequent benign tumor after a median follow-up of 22.7 years (range, 5.0-52.2 years). Among women, abdominopelvic radiotherapy inferred dose-dependent increased risks for uterine leiomyoma (n = 43) for doses of less than 20 Gy (HR, 1.9; 95% CI, 0.5-7.0), 20 to less than 30 Gy (HR, 3.4; 95% CI, 1.1-10.4), and at least 30 Gy (HR, 5.4; 95% CI, 2.4-12.4) compared with no abdominopelvic radiotherapy (P = .002 for trend). High-dose radiotherapy to the trunk was not associated with breast fibroadenoma (n = 45). Of 23 osseous and/or chondromatous neoplasms, 16 occurred among leukemia survivors, including 11 after total body irradiation (HR, 37.4; 95% CI, 14.8-94.7). Nerve sheath tumors (n = 55) were associated with radiotherapy (HR at 31 years of age, 2.9; 95% CI, 1.5-5.5) and a crude indicator of neurofibromatosis type 1 or 2 status (HR, 5.6; 95% CI, 2.3-13.7). Subsequent risk for benign tumors was higher than the risks for subsequent nonskin solid malignant neoplasms and for benign tumors among siblings.
CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: This record linkage study uses a unique resource for valid and complete outcome assessment and shows that CCSs have an approximately 2-fold risk of developing subsequent benign tumors compared with siblings. Site-specific new findings, including for uterine leiomyoma, osteochondroma, and nervous system tumors, are important to enable early diagnosis; this information will be the first step for future surveillance guidelines that include some benign tumors in CCSs and will provide leads for in-depth etiologic studies.