Even without the element of chemotherapy, past studies have already proven that babies born prematurely were more likely to have developmental delays than other children born full-term. Past studies have also shown that babies born even two weeks short of the normal 40 weeks of gestation may already be at risk of developmental and learning difficulties.
Amant and his colleagues plan to conduct further research with a larger group of women to provide further proof for their scientific claims. Says Amant, “At this stage we do not know the full, long-term consequences of prenatal chemotherapy, including its effect on the children’s fertility and likelihood of developing cancers when they are older,”
If proven entirely safe, this is good news for cancer patients who are expecting, as it reassures them that could continue their pregnancies without the fear of harming the baby or risking its development.
Sources: • September 27, 2011. “Cancer Expert says Chemotherapy Does Not Harm Unborn Baby” growingyourbaby.com • September 26, 2011. Kate Kelland. “Chemotherapy appears safe in pregnancy, study finds” reuters.com • September 27, 2011. “Chemotherapy appears safe in pregnancy: study” empowher.com