Pregnancy and AML

Ultima Vez Modificado:: 11 de mayo de 2003

Question:

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"
I received a stem cell transplant for Acute myeloid leukemia (AML) two years ago. I was told I'd never be able to have children and -- lo and behold -- I'm pregnant! I of course will be seeing a specialist who can monitor the baby, but I have a friend who has heard that pregnancy can cause a relapse of some cancers. Does my pregnancy put me in any danger?

Answer:

Selina M. Luger, MD, Director of the Leukemia Program and Assistant Professor of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania, responds:

Although there are some concerns about pregnancy in some cancers, there is no evidence that pregnancy has any effect on the risk of relapse/recurrence in AML. Although the chemotherapy used for standard bone marrow transplantation almost always results in sterility, there have been a few patients (men and women) who have successfully had children after transplant. I get a family photo every year from a patient of mine who had a daughter after his transplant 10 years ago. Good luck with your pregnancy!


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