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April 18, 2008

Chemo Safe For Babies In Treating Breast Cancer In Pregnancy

Topics: Breast Cancer

Facing a diagnosis of breast cancer is challenging enough, but facing breast cancer during pregnancy can be nothing short of devastating, not to mention the matter of wondering if one can have chemotherapy and will the treatment hurt one's baby. However, new research helps to answer these questions, and the findings should serve to reassure patients and their doctors.

In a German study examining outcomes among 122 pregnant breast cancer patients, researchers concluded that pregnant patients can often be treated as aggressively as non-pregnant patients, with little evidence of ill effects to their babies. The health problems reported among the babies during their first month of life were generally minor and outcomes among babies born to mothers who had chemotherapy were similar to those of babies born to mothers who did not. More ...

Posted by Richard at April 18, 2008 10:49 AM

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