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Chemo During Pregnancy Doesn't Seem to Harm Newborn
Date:8/15/2012

ers noted. Half of the women in the study delivered prematurely. Of these, 23 percent gave birth before they were 35 weeks pregnant. In comparison, about 10 percent to 15 percent of infants are born preterm in the general population, Loibl pointed out in the news release.

"If our findings are confirmed by other studies, breast cancer during pregnancy could be treated as it is in nonpregnant women without putting fetal and maternal outcomes at substantially increased risk," Loibl concluded.

In response to the study's findings, Dr. Olivier Mir, of the Cancer Associated with Pregnancy Network in France, said more research is needed to determine the best chemotherapy doses for pregnant women as well as the long-term risks children face from having been exposed to the cancer drugs in the womb.

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The U.S. National Library of Medicine has more about chemotherapy.

-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: The Lancet Oncology, news release, Aug. 15, 2012


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