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When Pregnant Women Get Cancer, What Happens to Their Babies?

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When Pregnant Women Get Cancer, What Happens to Their Babies? - by Karen Kaplan/ Science / Science Now/ Los Angeles Times/ latimes.com

"A cancer diagnosis is always upsetting, and that’s especially true when the patient is pregnant. A new study may reassure these patients that their babies can turn out fine despite exposure to the disease and the resulting treatments.

In their first few years of life, these children scored just as well on tests of cognitive development and cardiac function as similar children whose mothers were cancer-free, according to a report published in Thursday’s edition of the New England Journal of Medicine. However, the children of cancer patients were more likely to be born prematurely.

Researchers from the International Network on Cancer, Infertility, and Pregnancy in Europe embarked on the study because very little is known about how cancer affects a developing fetus. Such cases occur rarely — only about once per 1,000 pregnant women, according to an editorial that accompanies the study. That means a typical obstetrician will treat only a handful of women with cancer in his or her career. Oncologists aren’t likely to encounter many pregnant patients either..."


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my mother had cervical cancer while carrying me, hysterectomy right after. We are both alive and well 50 years later.
 

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A friend only last Saturday attended the funeral of a friend who died of cancer. The woman discovered she had cancer right after learning she was pregnant. Please take this as a 2rd hand story as I don't have actual facts as to how all cancer treatments affect fetuses. But my friend said her friend decided to forgo treatments and have the baby. Her baby was just under a year old when she passes away. Sorry this is so sad.
 

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my mother had cervical cancer while carrying me, hysterectomy right after. We are both alive and well 50 years later.

Hi Geekette,

That must have been a stressful time for your mom. Glad there was a positive outcome for both of you. Thanks for sharing.


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