Women Can Have Babies After Childhood Treatment
This study analyzed the pregnancy outcomes among female survivors of
childhood Wilms tumor treated with abdominal irradiation in the National Wilms
Tumor Studies (NWTS) 1-4 as part of a long-term follow-up study. The report
described the pregnancy outcomes among seven survivors of childhood Wilms
tumor who were treated on one of the NWTS with radiation therapy portals that
extended beyond the flank.
Results of the study showed that female survivors of Wilms tumor can go on to have healthy children so long as their entire pelvis is not treated with radiation therapy to cure their cancer. The study also showed that, on rare occasions, girls treated with low-dose whole-abdominal radiation therapy also can go on to have a healthy baby.
"The good news is that this study shows it is possible for women who
received radiation therapy to the abdomen to treat Wilms tumor as a child can
go on to have healthy babies," says John A. Kalapurakal, MD, the lead author
of the study and a member of the department of radiation oncology at
Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. "To minimize any complications from
the cancer treatment, we encourage these survivors to be regularly evaluated
by their obstetrician before, during and after pregnancy to ensure that the
child and the mother receive adequate care."