Chemotherapy during pregnancy doesn't affect babies' health, IQ

09/26/2011 | Bloomberg

Full-term babies born to women undergoing chemotherapy treatments during pregnancy had normal general health, intelligence, hearing, growth and behavior at 18 months, a European study found. Meanwhile, children delivered intentionally premature so the mother could then begin the chemotherapy treatment were more likely to have lower-than-average IQ scores, researchers said. The results indicate that there is no need for pregnant women to delay chemotherapy until after childbirth, lead researcher Frederic Amant, of Belgium, said.

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