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Doctor insights on: Exposure To Chemotherapy While Pregnant

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Can chemotherapy harm your baby if you're pregnant?

Can chemotherapy harm your baby if you're pregnant?

Complicated: Surprisingly, there are many chemotherapies that are well tolerated in pregnancy, for both mother and baby. That said, its a serious issue that has to be handled on a case by case basis with a high risk OB and an oncologist. ...Read more

Dr. Darrin Cunningham
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When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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Is it still possible to get pregnant after chemotherapy for hodgkin's?

Is it still possible to get pregnant after chemotherapy for hodgkin's?

Yes: It is possible for women who have been treated with chemotherapy for hodgkin's to get pregnant. There are step that can be considered to increase your odds. Most oncologist now discuss those option before starting treatment and refer patients to a fertility specialist. ...Read more

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Can an 18 old girl who has had chemotherapy still get pregnant later in life?

Can an 18 old girl who has had chemotherapy still get pregnant later in life?

Yes, usually: If your menstrual cycle has come back, you can get pregnant! However, many women who have had chemotherapy in their adolescent or early adult years will go into menopause early. If you haven't had chemotherapy yet, it's a good idea to talk to your doctor about ways to preserve your fertility. They can now harvest eggs from your ovaries and store them for later use. ...Read more

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Can you tell me which are the risks of my pregnancy since I just finished chemotherapy 2 months before conception.?

Can you tell me which are the risks of my pregnancy since I just finished chemotherapy 2 months before conception.?

Probably none: But you would have to give the specifics of what chemo/drug regimens you used. This would really be best answered by the doctors (oncologists) who managed the chemo. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Can my boyfriends chemotherapy from december to april cause birth defects if I became pregnant in september?

Can my boyfriends chemotherapy from december to april cause birth defects if I became pregnant in september?

Hard to say: Depending on the type of chemo, he could be infertile for some period. If not totally infertile, the sperm affected by the chemo would likely be weak swimmers, allowing the unaffected sperm through to do the deed. It would be a good idea to have a discussion with the docs involved before you start trying to clear up the issue. ...Read more

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I have pof due to chemotherapy that I had when I was 10. I hadn't had a natural period before then, are my chances of a natural pregnancy different?

I have pof due to chemotherapy that I had when I was 10. I hadn't had a natural period before then, are my chances of a natural pregnancy different?

Yes: Pof of course means that your ovaries have stopped working. Occasionally, you might be able to ovulate after pof due to chemotherapy, but it is unlikely. Your doctors can check hormone levels on you (fsh, lh, amh) to see if you have any function left. An infertility doctor can help you with this and even help you get pregnant if you have some function or they can use a donor egg in your uterus. ...Read more

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She got ectopic pregnant and she took a small dose of chemotherapy, now she prepares for another pregnant does she need folic acid before it happens?

She got ectopic pregnant and she took a small dose of chemotherapy, now she prepares for another pregnant does she need folic acid before it happens?

Pre-natal vitamins: She should take pre-natal vitamins that have folic acid. Taking additional folic acid will not do any harm, and may be good. ...Read more

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Why is chemotherapy is given for molar pregnancy as follow up treatment?

Controversial.: Prophylactic chemotherapy after molar evacuation is widely practiced in developing countries in which poor medical and social resources limit effective follow-up. However, this practice, which may cause later chemoresistance, is controversial and lacks universal acceptance. Consider prophylactic chemotherapy only in: HCG >100, 000, large theca lutein cysts >6 cm, significantly large uterus. ...Read more

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So it's possible you could get pregnant with stage 4 cervical cancer while receiving chemotherapy and radiation?

Yes: If you got pregnant under these circumstances, the baby could be severely injured by the chemo or radiation. So its best to take precautions to make sure that doesn't happen even though the chance of pregnancy isn't high. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If I had stomach cancer I only took chemotherapy an taking blood thinner an now I'm 3 weeks pregnant what are the odd of me carried the baby?

If I had stomach cancer I only took chemotherapy an taking blood thinner an now I'm 3 weeks pregnant what are the odd of me carried the baby?

Talk to oncologist!!: Pregnancy can cause certain cancers to grow more aggressively, so it is important for you to talk to your oncologist about the risks of carrying your pregnancy to term. Unless you were recently on chemotherapy the risk of miscarriage should be low except for your age and medication which are moderate risk factors. ...Read more

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I just got pregnant from a man that was going through chemo therapy which ended in oct 2013. Should I be worried about the baby?

I just got pregnant from a man that was going through chemo therapy which ended in oct 2013. Should I be worried about the baby?

Do not worry: Specifics help a lot - what chemo, what disease? - but it's unlikely. Reproductive problems from chemo usually arise from abnormal or dead sperm, and these usually affect sperms' ability to fertilize, not produce birth defects. ...Read more

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What is a cycle of chemotherapy?

One to next: Chemo medicine cause lot of damage normal and malignant tissues. During development of the drug its duration effect on the tissue is studied and a fixed time is determine after which the medicine to be repeated....Risk and benefit issues. The. ...Read more

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Does chemotherapy affect eyesight?

Some: Transiently many patients will have some trouble focusing; somewhat like when ones eyes are tired. Steroids which are commonly used with chemotherapy drugs can increase cataract formation, which used to be a leading cause of poor vision, but now can almost always be fixed quite easily. ...Read more

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Is it legal to force chemotherapy?

Probably no: That is more a legal than a medical question but if a patient is an adult and fully able to make decisions, the answer is likely no, both legally and ethically. ...Read more

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How severely does chemotherapy hurt?

That is a myth: Chemotherapy should not and it does not hurt!
chemotherapy is simply use of medicines to treat cancer. Why should these hurt? Yes, these medicines do have some side effects (like nausea and hair loss) but it is not any kind of pain. ...Read more

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What is chemotherapy? How does it work?

Name for drugs used: Drugs used for Cancer treatment are often called chemotherapy. These are basically chemicals, many of them synthetic, others derived from natural sources like plans and herbs. ...Read more

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Is the chemotherapy a risky thing to do?

Yes: Chemotherapy has many potential risks. The potential adverse events and dose limiting toxicities should be discussed the your cancer physician and team. The important concept is understanding the "risk/benefit ratio". That is, what potential benefit is worth the risks? Also, what alternatives are available? ...Read more

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If you have chemotherapy can you have kids?

If you have chemotherapy can you have kids?

Yes: This is a great question! chemotherapy can damage your eggs or sperm, so it's vital that you talk about your desire to have children before starting chemotherapy! Men can bank sperm before chemotherapy and women can bank eggs/embryos. Many types of chemotherapy can make you infertile depending on your age, but you can safely have children later if you've planned ahead and stored your "stuff"! ...Read more

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What risks are associated with chemotherapy?

There are a few: Chemotherapy has side effects but they can be controlled with counter drugs. Side effects may come in the form of nausea, vomiting, hair loss, low blood counts which can lead to infections. So a close monitoring is required and antidotes to prevent these side effects are used as needed. ...Read more

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Is it a sure thing that chemotherapy will work?

Is it a sure thing that chemotherapy will work?

No: The chance of chemotherapy working depends on a number of factors including -- tumor type, stage, prognostic factors as well as host (patient) characteristics such as age, genetics, etc. ...Read more

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What are common chemicals used in chemotherapy?

Lots of them!: cancer chemotherapy has a very large number of chemicals/drugs that are used...at least over 100 are commonly used drugs at present, many older ones have been discarded as better ones came along.
Why do you ask this question? ...Read more

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What is topical chemotherapy? And when is it used?

Topical chemotherapy: Chemotherapy refers to the treatment of conditions with drugs, and often is applied to the use of anti-cancer agents (but may also be applied to others). Topical means that it is applied directly to the lesion in question and is not taken systemically (by mouth or injection) and meant to get the lesion through the blood stream. Hope this is clear. Good luck. ...Read more

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What is the most effective ingredient in modern chemotherapy?

Depends: It will depend on the type of cancer & the biology of cancer. Different cancer requires different approach and treatment. However I think the answer is a targeted therapy specifically targeted to the mutated receptors in cancer cells.
The best story of effective therapy of cancer in modern chemotherapy era is the story of Gleevec (imatinib) for cml. ...Read more

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What was chemotherapy like in the early 1980s? How has it changed?

Chemotherapy 1980: In my opinion. The most important development was the discovery and the use of antiemetics. The medications that prevent nausea and vomiting. This discovery made chemo. Bearable and many patients were able to tolerate it. ADD to this the discovery and use of growth hormones like neupogen, neulasta (pegfilgrastim) and procrit that helped shortening of the periods on neutropenia and we are able to give r the doses ...Read more

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I'm curious what occurs during a typical treament of chemotherapy?

Kept in positon: Most chemotherapeutic agents are delivered intravenously while a few can be given orally. With IV therapy which is given over several hrs the patient is kept in a lounge chair. Because of toxicity to the veins when given iv, a port is usually placed in the subclavian vein and placed under the skin where the IV line can easily be introduced. ...Read more

Dr. Devon Webster
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Chemotherapy (Definition)

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