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Forum > Radition During Pregnancy: Radiation During Pregnancy
Late side effects of chemoradiotherapy

CCoPE
Date: 2004-12-20

Question:
Hi - I am 34 years and am considering having a child. When I was 21 years, I had treatment for Hodgkin's Disease - it was in stage 2 (my neck and chest). I had radiation to my neck and chest and 6 months of ABDV (Adriamycin, Bleomycin, Decadron?, Venblastine) chemotherapy. I have been well since this time with no other health issues.

Two questions:

  • Any known/wondered about/possible birth defects/difficulties?
  • difficulties with fertility?

I appreciate your feedback - thank you,

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 are no known late side effects of chemoradiotherapy to the fetus. Most women who receive ABVC when they are young retain their fertility.

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