Virtually all pregnant women with cancer may be treated without aborting their unborn child

The AP reports, “Researchers have encouraging news for women who find themselves in a very frightening situation: having cancer while pregnant.”

A new “series of papers in the journals Lancet and Lancet Oncology” indicate “that these women can be treated almost the same as other cancer patients are, with minimal risk to the fetus.”

HealthDay reports that in one “study, the researchers examined medical records and test results of 70 children whose pregnant mothers underwent chemotherapy. The children were followed for an average of 22 months and up to 18 years.”

The researchers “found that the children weren’t at higher risk of heart, hearing or nervous system disorders, or general health and growth problems.”

MedPage Today reports, “Things are a little more complicated in hematologic cancer in pregnancy,” researchers “reported in” another review.

Those “cancers … aren’t easy to diagnose because of an overlap between symptoms of disease and of gestation and because of limitations of imaging in pregnancy, they noted.”

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