Study: Cancer treatment during pregnancy does not harm child
(Sept. 30, 2015)– A study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found pregnant cancer patients can receive treatment without harming a child’s long-term development, FOX13 reports.
The study examined more than 120 children who had mothers were exposed to chemotherapy, radiation or surgery during their second or third trimester.
“Prenatal exposure to maternal cancer with or without treatment did not impair the cognitive, cardiac, or general development of children in early childhood,” the authors whote in their conclusion.
It has only been in the last 10-15 years that there has been consensus about the safety of treatments later in the pregnancy.
“What’s been unclear is what happens in the long term, in other words, if we follow these children out for several years, are they doing as well as we’d expected?” said Dr. John Sweetenham, Executive Medical Director of the Huntsman Cancer Center.