Some interesting news to pregnant women suffering from cancer who need to undergo chemotherapy. A recent medical study has shown that it is safe for pregnant women to undergo chemotherapy since the medical procedure will not affect their unborn children. Dr. Frederic Amant, a gynecological oncologist at the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium, who led the research revealed with their latest findings there is now no need for pregnant cancer patients to have abortions or delay chemotherapy treatment beyond the first trimester.
Amant however warned that although chemotherapy will not harm the babies inside pregnant women, the would be mothers of thee angels should avoid premature birth since it is harmful for their child. He said doctors should avoid inducing early birth if at all possible. According to the latest medical data, an estimated 2,500 to 5,000 pregnant women in Europe are diagnosed with cancer each year.
The researchers said chemotherapy should be given after the first 12 to 14 weeks of pregnancy. The group said chemotherapy is harmless during this stage since only a fraction of the chemotherapy passes through the placenta and gets into the fetus. The group added that the drugs appear to have no health impacts on the babies’ development during this stage.