This was a well-written media article. It introduced the main problem (should pregnancies be terminated/should treatments be given during pregnancy if the mother has cancer?) and explained how the results of this study presented some reassuring data for cancer treatments during pregnancy if necessary. It also pointed out some limitations of the study and addressed the concerns raised in the accompanying editorial.
This article has similar problems to the Daily Mail article. It appears to base the headline and lede among other parts of the article on this quote by the lead author, “Our results show that fear of cancer treatment is no reason to terminate a pregnancy, that maternal treatment should not be delayed and that chemotherapy can be given.” While the results do provide support for pregnancies not being unsafe for the developing fetus, it is not definitive due to the limitations of the study.
This is a poorly researched article. It exaggerates the findings of the research study—while the results may offer support for cancer treatment during pregnancy, by no means can it be claimed that cancer treatment does not harm a baby. The study was relatively small and only looked at the children up to age 3. While one of the authors is quoted as saying “Our results show that fear of cancer treatment is no reason to terminate a pregnancy, that maternal treatment should not be delayed and that chemotherapy can be given,” other the accompanying editorial expresses more caution with how these results should be interpreted and should be addressed.