10 Feb '12, 4am

Chemotherapy is safe for pregnant women, say researchers

LONDON - Researchers have encouraging news for women who find themselves in a very frightening situation: having cancer while pregnant. Studies suggest that these women can be treated almost the same as other cancer patients are, with minimal risk to the foetus. Only about 1 in 1,000 pregnant women face this dilemma, but doctors fear that more will because the risk of cancer rises with age, and more women are delaying having children until they are older. Doctors have long worried about how to balance treating a pregnant woman with cancer and the need to protect her foetus from the effects of toxic cancer drugs and radiation treatments, and whether it is safe to continue a pregnancy in certain situations. "Many doctors aren't keen to give chemotherapy to pregnant women and may even recommend termination," said Dr Frederic Amant of the Leuven Cancer Institute in Belgium. "B...

Full article: http://www.todayonline.com/World/EDC120210-0000141/Chemo-...

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