Chemotherapy safe in pregnancy

The study of more than 400 European pregnant women with breast cancer – half of whom had chemotherapy – found exposed babies were more likely to have low birth weight and to experience complications, mainly due to premature birth.

Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre medical oncologist Associate Professor Kelly Phillips, who was not associated with the study, said the results were reassuring.

"Chemotherapy in pregnancy, as long as you avoid the first trimester... appears to be relatively safe," she said.

"The main thing women worry about is fetal malformations and I think it's reassuring from that

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