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Study: Majority Of Menstruating Women Who Survive Childhood Cancer Can Achieve Pregnancy


While women who survive childhood cancer have an increased risk of infertility, nearly two-thirds of those who tried unsuccessfully to become pregnant for at least a year eventually conceived, according to new data. According to the study, published in the August issue of Lancet Oncology this rate is comparable to that of eventual pregnancy among all clinically infertile women. Additionally, noted Charles Shapiro, MD, Chair-elect of the Survivorship Committee of the American Society of Clinical Oncology and Director of Breast Cancer Research at Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center-Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute, because cancer survivors may have comorbidities such as heart, lung, or thyroid disease, physicians may be reluctant to prescribe medications or patients may be wary of potential drug side effects.

Oncology Times