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Can people with radiation for cancer as children have healthy babies?

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Dr. Ed Friedlander
Pathology 45 years experience
Absolutely: Unless the ovaries or testes were in the radiation port, which is unlikely, these people do as well as anyone else. I reviewed the subject a few years ago, and survivors of wilms tumor, neuroblastoma, osteosarcoma, and childhood brain tumors all seem to be able to be moms and dads to healthy babies. Congratulations on your survival and your wish to share life with others.
Dr. Kris Gast
Radiation Oncology 32 years experience
Rads &healthy kids: If you are a girl and your pelvis was not in the radiation field it should be fine.No problems from the XRT in terms of healthy baby....But if the ovaries were irradiated there is a hi likelihood you will not be able to have kids.You may have also had chemo which has effects as well.Now if you are a guy...Should be no issue since sperm are made new all the time.

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