Pregnancy Safety After Receiving An Anti-Cancer Treatment
The cure rate of childhood cancer has improved dramatically in the past few decades, meaning that more women and men are living long enough to have a family. More importantly, the outcome of pregnancy after cancer treatment is usually promising.
The numerous variables that influence fetal and maternal well-being in these patients need to be considered before the patient proceeds with a pregnancy.
Some major questions that patients should discuss with their physician are:
- Can I achieve and maintain a normal pregnancy?
- Will pregnancy cause my cancer to recur?
- If it recurs during pregnancy, will the cancer or its treatment affect the fetus?
- How will my treatment options be compromised by the need to protect the fetus?
- Has my previous treatment increased the risk of birth defects in my children?
- Are my children at risk for childhood cancers?