July 30th, 2010

Podcast 96: Survivors of childhood cancer face manageable reproductive risks.

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What becomes of children who survive cancer treatment and enter their reproductive years? Would their attempts to have children end in a higher-than-normal rate of stillbirths and miscarriages? Apparently not.

It turns out the major concern is with women who’ve undergone pelvic irradiation before menarche. That treatment seems to hobble uterine development, but not irretrievably. For their part, boys who’ve had gonadal irradiation seem not to place their offspring at higher risk for adverse birth outcomes.

Our conversation is with the senior author on a Lancet paper from last week investigating these effects.

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