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Forum > Chemotherapy: Maternal
Risk from contact with child undergoing treatment

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Date: 2004-11-11

Question:
My 3 year old granddaughter is scheduled to get low dose chemotherapy for a low grade (less than 1) tumor. Her mother, my daughter, is pregnant and concerned about how this could affect the pregnancy, i.e. should she be concerned about coming into contact with secretions from the 3 year old?

Answer:
The following information should not replace the assessment and advice you have been receiving from your physician (cancer specialist, obstetrician, or any other healthcare provider). It is offered for your information only. Consult your physician. There should be no effect on the pregnancy. The only extremely remote possibility is for the granddaughter who may have reduced resistance to infection to get one and to pass it to her mother. However, three years old often get infections even without chemotherapy and the risk of sequelae is very low.

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