Few childhood cancer survivors produce children with birth defects

12/12/2011 | Chicago Tribune (tiered subscription model)

Only 129 of 4,700 babies born to childhood cancer survivors at least five years after treatment had at least one birth defect, a study in the Journal of Clinical Oncology found. Researchers reported a birth defect rate of 3% among babies of female childhood cancer survivors who underwent chemotherapy and radiation compared to 3.5% among those whose moms didn't receive the treatments.

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