Here is some good news for women facing bad news. Studies are finding that pregnant women fighting cancer can undergo treatment without any harm to their unborn child.
After assessing 70 children exposed to chemotherapy in the womb, a Belgian study has found that they developed just like any other child.
It's a good thing this research was carried out too because some doctors recommend terminating the pregnancy if the mother had to undergo cancer treatment, as study author Dr. Frederic Amant explained:
"Many (doctors) aren’t keen to give chemotherapy to pregnant women and may even recommend termination. But treating a pregnant woman with cancer doesn’t have to be so different from treating a cancer patient who isn’t pregnant.”
In the case a mother-to-be is diagnosed with cancer, the study found chemotherapy is possible during the first trimester while using ultrasounds to monitor the baby's development.
The study suggests radiation therapy is best done in the first two trimesters, as the baby is small enough to be covered with a lead blanket.
"These data don’t say that chemotherapy is completely safe, but the baby is better off being in (the mother) as long as possible,” added obstetric physician Dr. Catherine Nelson-Piercy.
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We give him all the credit in the world for being so brave.
Michael Douglas, who recently completed eight weeks of intense radiation and chemotherapy in his battle against Stage IV throat cancer, was spotted taking his dog friend Figaro for a walk around NYC today.
We can't even imagine how difficult and painful this entire ordeal must be, so to put on such a brave face and continue to go about your day-to-day routine is so commendable!
He's definitely a fighter, which makes us all the more confident that he'll make a swift recovery and beat this thing for good!
You're in our thoughts, bb. Stay strong.
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This is so sad.
Tennis legend Martina Navratilova has been diagnosed with a form of non-invasive breast cancer, called DCIS.
Thankfully, she and her doctors detected the disease early during a routine mammogram, and she's expected to make a full recovery!
"I cried. It knocked me on my ass, really. I feel so in control of my life and my body, and then this comes, and it's completely out of my hands. I went four years between mammograms. I let it slide. Everyone gets busy, but don't make excuses. I stay in shape and eat right, and it happened to me. Another year and I could have been in big trouble."
We're relieved that she went when she did and caught it in time!
Navratilova has already had a lumpectomy and plans to begin six weeks of radiation therapy, starting in May.
We wish her the best of luck during this difficult time. Stay strong, bb!
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