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Can radiotherapy cause birth defects?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Radiation Oncology
4 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

There is a possibility that if the ova or sperm are exposed to radiation then genetic changes can occur. Patients are told to wait 6 months before getting pregnant.

In brief: Yes

There is a possibility that if the ova or sperm are exposed to radiation then genetic changes can occur. Patients are told to wait 6 months before getting pregnant.
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
Dr. Bahman Daneshfar
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Dr. Devon Webster
Internal Medicine - Oncology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Sometimes

Significant radiation to a fetus between 8 and 18 weeks causes brain damage and mental retardation.
Pregnant women should delay radiation therapy when possible until after the baby is born. However, radiation therapy can be used in pregnant women with shields that protect the fetus if the area radiated is far enough away. Radiation in non-pregnant women or men does not cause birth defects.

In brief: Sometimes

Significant radiation to a fetus between 8 and 18 weeks causes brain damage and mental retardation.
Pregnant women should delay radiation therapy when possible until after the baby is born. However, radiation therapy can be used in pregnant women with shields that protect the fetus if the area radiated is far enough away. Radiation in non-pregnant women or men does not cause birth defects.
Dr. Devon Webster
Dr. Devon Webster
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