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Dealing with cancer During Pregnancy

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There are rarely anytime else in a woman’s life when she has to decide between her own life and the life of her developing baby. But when the mother suffers from cancer, it’s becomes a hard decision she is forced to make.

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Dealing with cancer During Pregnancy

  1. 1. Dealing With Cancer During Pregnancy There are rarely anytime else in a woman’s life when she has to decide between her own life and the life of her developing baby. But when the mother suffers from cancer, it’s becomes a hard decision she is forced to make. In the past, expecting mothers have had to terminate their pregnancy to save themselves. Opting for chemotherapy and other aggressive medication regimens can cause danger to the child, and that is why most moms simply opt to have their condition properly treated instead of delivering a healthy baby. Thankfully, a recent finding on the presence of cancer in a pregnant mother has helped clearing a lot of doubts. It has once for all answered a lot of questions that were common among pregnant mothers. For instance, kids that were in the womb while their mothers were being administered chemotherapy treatment were often thought to be prone to malformations and diseases later in life, but the research showed otherwise. The study considered 128 children with a confirmed history of being exposed to cancer in their mothers. Chemotherapy Treatment has a detrimental effect on the developing baby, but with recent developments in the field, targeted therapy has been able to target the affected areas directly. The overall effect thereof is very little on the baby. The study followed the development of children after birth and it was found that chemotherapy didn’t really affect children very significantly, which meant mothers could now breathe easy regarding the health of their babies despite being on cancer treatment drugs. Effect of Chemotherapy during the Trimesters The first trimester is the most critical when any medicine consumed by the mother can affect the embryo in its initial state. Oral chemotherapy medicines ingested by the patient will stump the growth of cells in the embryo. Thankfully, there are very few cases of cancer being reported during this phase; also, expecting mothers can postpone treatment until the later semesters which lowers the risk significantly.
  2. 2. In the later trimesters, the effect is even reduced with very few reports of babies being born with deformities or drop in bodyweight. However, do note that surgery or chemotherapy cannot be postponed until childbirth. Chemotherapy and even surgery during the later trimesters is usually very safe. Radiation therapy is also safe as far as it is applied away from the neck. The rest of the body can naturally shield the body by upto 75% from the effects of radiation. To know more about best therapy procedures and expert medical advice get in touch with the best cancer hospital in India.

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