Childhood Cancer Radiation Treatment Can Increase Chances of Stillbirth

A new study has revealed that women who have survived childhood cancer and in case their uterus or ovaries were exposed to radiation treatment are at an increased risk of giving birth to a stillborn child.

Even though none of the people who were childhood cancer survivors suffered any genetic damage that might have an effect on their children, it was found that radiation damage to uterus increases the chances of having a stillborn child or childhood death by almost 12 times.

Medical experts agree that children who survive cancer are more likely to have a normal life. But they also warned that women who have survived cancer need to discus carefully with their doctor before getting pregnant. They need to be very careful and discuss their condition with their doctor in a detailed manner.

The most common forms of childhood cancers include lymphoma, leukemia and Wilm's tumor and these are treated through radiation therapy.

Researchers studied 1,148 male and 1,657 female childhood cancer survivors for this study. Most of these had been treated in medical facilities in the United States.

It was also found that radiation treatment directed at testes in boys and the pituitary gland in girls and chemotherapy did not lead to an increase in chances of having a stillborn child in the future.

But radiation treatment that also included the uterus and ovaries increased this risk and when the radiation doses were high, it increased the risk significantly.