Pregnancy and AML
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?
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!
OncoLink is designed for educational purposes only and is not engaged in rendering medical advice or professional services. The information provided through OncoLink should not be used for diagnosing or treating a health problem or a disease. It is not a substitute for professional care. If you have or suspect you may have a health problem or have questions or concerns about the medication that you have been prescribed, you should consult your health care provider.
Information Provided By: www.oncolink.org | © 2016 Trustees of The University of Pennsylvania