by Ethan A. Huff
February 14, 2012
It is bad enough that many medical
experts and health agencies are now recommending that pregnant women
get vaccinated for things like influenza and whooping cough in order
to supposedly pass on immunity to their offspring.
But now some oncologists are
recommending that pregnant women with cancer undergo toxic
chemotherapy and radiation treatments while their babies are still
in their wombs, alleging that this is "perfectly safe" in most
Published as part of a series of papers in the journals Lancet
and Lancet Oncology, a Belgian research study on 70 children
exposed to chemotherapy while still in the womb found that, in
certain situations, it is allegedly perfectly safe for a pregnant
woman with cancer to undergo conventional cancer treatments. Based
on their findings, researchers say chemotherapy-exposed children
exhibit similar heart, IQ, and general overall health as children
Missing from the study, however, was any long-term assessment
of how exposure to chemotherapy or radiation in utero affected
children later in life.
Though this small sampling may have
appeared to show similar overall health between exposed and
non-exposed children up until their 18th birthdays,
researchers obviously do not know for sure whether or not in utero
exposure to toxic cancer treatments will cause long-term damage.
Currently, most oncologists recommend that women either withhold
undergoing conventional cancer treatments until after their babies
are born, or in some cases, actually recommend that women earlier on
in their pregnancies get an abortion in order to accommodate
conventional cancer treatments.
But now, oncologists may begin
recommending that pregnant women just go ahead and take chemotherapy
drugs or get blasted with radiation during their pregnancies.
On the one hand, the new
findings will at least discourage the practice of
oncologists telling pregnant women with cancer to just get
abortions, which will allow for more children's lives to be
On the other hand, the more
women will now have a renewed false sense of security about
the so-called safety of conventional cancer treatments,
which will still likely kill many pregnant mothers and their
Based on the findings, researchers say
the best time for pregnant women with cancer to get chemotherapy
treatments is after the first trimester, while the best time for
radiation treatments is during the first two trimesters.