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Old 08-23-2008, 11:02 AM   #4
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Re: can pregnant women be around chemotherapy patients?

I think your worries are more towards a newborn getting the side effects of chemo drug from someone who had chemotheraphy.

Patients who had chemotherapy can not pass the side effect of the drug to somebody else. Of course, no body fluid contact. Radiation is a different thing. Brachytherapy or implanted radiation therapy is radioactive for 24-48 hours and pregnant women should not be around them. Patients are usually isolated. But this therapy is usually for prostate cancer patients. So, this wont apply to your MIL

I think you should worry about your MIL contracting germs once her chemo has started because her immune system would be very very low to combat infection that we normally ignore. I hope that helps.