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More Worries for Expectant Moms with Leukemia

By March 9, 2008

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As if being diagnosed with leukemia and being pregnant weren't bad enough, Science Daily has published a report on an upcoming article in the medical journal Blood that finds therapy with imatinib, a drug used to treat leukemia, can increase the risk of abnormalities and possibly miscarriage in women who take the drug during pregnancy.

Of course, half the infants born to the moms in the study had no known abnormalities, so it is not clear whether or not doctors will continue recommending the drug for pregnant moms with leukemia. Obviously, leukemia needs to be treated when present. The majority of women in the study conceived when already being treated, however, so perhaps this is evidence that it might be wise for women with leukemia to wait to conceive until they no longer need the drug.

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