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Forum > Radition During Pregnancy: Radiation During Pregnancy
Exposure to others undergoing radiation therapy

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Date: 2001-01-31

Question:
My wife is 6 months pregnant, and her mother has uterine cancer. She stays with us during the week while she gets radiation therapy. In February she will be implanted with radioactive material and stay in the hospital for five days during that time. Our questions are: Will the radiation therapies affect my wife and is there any danger of residual exposure after my mother-in-law leaves the hospital.

Answer:
We need to know what type and dose of radiation your mother-in-law will receive. The best source of this information are the oncologists who do the implant. They will also will be able to advise how much such radiation is penetrating. Once we have this information we will be able to provide more information. Thank you and best wishes from Motherisk.

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