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Forum > Chemotherapy: Paternal
Paternal exposure to chemotherapy

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Date: 2002-03-18

Question:
I am a genetic counsellor in Nova Scotia. We have a referral on a woman who is pregnant. Her partner had a brain tumor two years ago and was treated with chemo at that time. From a review of the literature we are under the impression that this does not increase the risk for a birth defect. Can you please provide us with any information you have? Thank you in advance.

Answer:
There is no evidence that treatment of the father with chemotherapy prior to pregnancy increases the risk of birth defects in a subsequent pregnancy.

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