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What Cancer Mimics Pregnancy
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
Usually the same: During pregnancy the immune system is suppressed (this allows the body not to reject the developing baby as foreign). It also can make cancer grow faster. Some cancer treatments are altered to accommodate the developing baby and others are not so not to compromise the mother's health. ...Read more
Ovarian Ca: Considering that one of the first signs of pregnancy is enlargement of the abdomen., ovarian cancers for the most part metastasize to the omentum where TGF-B is present, ascites and abdominal swelling results. Following this small bowel implants appear with occasional partial SB blockage producing nausea. This is similar to what occurs in pregnancy. ...Read more
Yes: Some patients have surgery to explore and/or attempt to reduce or cure symptomatic disease. Mris aren't always terribly useful for ovarian cancers but are sometimes helpful when surgery isn't a great option. The ca125 tumor marker can often be informative as well but isn't very specific to ovarian cancer and may be falsely elevated. Conservative approaches are best until the pregnancy is finished. ...Read more
It might: Risk factors include: early age of onset of sexual activity, multiple partners, chlamydia infections, smoking, family history, des, poverty but the greatest risk is the human papilloma virus. The good news is that now vaccines exist against hpv and should be given before a girl becomes sexually active. Talk to your pediatrician or family doctor. ...Read more
The same hormone....: Is being measured, beta-hcg (human chorionic gonadotropin), but obviously the circumstances are completely different. When we measure b-hcg for cancer, we are thinking about germ cell tumors, and there is often a clinical suspicion guiding that thinking and work up. The clinical scenario for pregnancy (unprotected sex, missed period, breast swelling, etc.) is obviously different. Why do u ask? ...Read more
Choriocarcinoma: A choriocarcinoma produces high levels of HCG and thus can cause a false positive pregnancy test. Hope this helps. ...Read more
Be brave: I admire your courage and especially wish you good luck. The stage of your pregnancy and how far advanced your cancer is (for example, is it invasive yet?) are just the start of the information you will need to make an informed decision with your obstetrician / gynecologist. Remember that the final choice about your body is yours. ...Read more
Yes, its possible.: Certain kinds of testicular cancer (choriocarcinoma, embryonal carcinoma, & 10% of seminoma) can produce beta-hcg, the compound that home pregnancy tests (hpt) detect. Not all testicular tumors produce this marker, so an hpt is not a good screening test for testis cancer. Testicular self-exam is still the most important for early detection. Beta-hcg is also elevated with other cancers in men. ...Read more
Common vs. Rare: At 27 years of age, ovarian cancer is very rare. The more common cause of a positive pregnancy test is pregnancy itself. Sometimes a pregnancy can implant on an ovary (ectopic pregnancy). If an ultrasound does not show a pregnancy, it is worth a look at the ovaries. Ovaries are the source of egg cells, and a growth there could theoretically cause an elevation in HCG (pregnancy hormone). ...Read more
Estrogen exposure: Prolonged exposure to and higher concentrations of estrogen increases the risk of breast cancer. The more pregnancies the fewer menses. Breast feeding accomplishes the same goal. Also age at 1st birth is associated with bc risk too. Check this out from acs: http://bit. Ly/oysxjs. ...Read more
No: Not clear what you mean by "predisposed" but since cervical cancer takes years to develop from normal to precancer to cancer, if you don't have it now you won't before your reproductive window is closed due to age. It is harder to get pregnant as you age and at 50 you would probably need some medical help to get and keep a pregnancy. Unless you are asking for someone else. ...Read more
Vaginal cancer: Des is associated with the development of vaginal adenosis and clear cell carcinoma of the vagina in the offspring of women who took DES during pregnancy. These lesions often occur in girls and young women. Carcinoma of the cervix may occur. Des use was discontinued about 30+ years ago. Regular checks ups with your doctor are advised, even without DES exposure. ...Read more
In addition to cancer and an ectopic pregnancy, what would be a reason to get your ovaries removed?
Had high risk cervical cells in 2012 but no tx because of pregnancies x2. Now have pap scheduled. Could it have gone away, or turned to cancer since?
Would termination of pregnancy be advised to a four months pregnant woman with stage III cervical cancer?
Stg III a & b: Mean extension to upper 1/3 vagina for a, or to parametrial side wall. While this is curable, and the cure involves drugs and radiotheapy, terminating the pregnancy would allow life saving treatment now vs. Delay until foetal viability. Discuss medical facts with gyn-onc, probe the depth of what you want to do, speak with your partner and support network. Get the facts and do what your heart tells. ...Read more
Is being diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy common? 26/f. Itp, ibs-d, hashimotos. 2 children, want #3 but afraid of cancer diagnosis when pregnant
I read on a site that there are rare chances of having breast cancer in pregnancy. Is the risk higher?
What are symptoms of uterine cancer in pregnancy? I had heavy, long periods -I was going to get ultrasound but got pregnant before I had it done.
Is there any evidence that links pregnancy-related hormone therapy treatments with increased risk of ovarian cancer?
Tough question: By this I assume you mean for in vitro vertilization. Any hormone manipulation has a potential for side effects. Increased Estrogens increases the risk of breast and cervical cancer, but lower estrogen increases risks of ovary and uterus--also influenced by Progesterone and other hormones. This is not a straight forward topic, as there are many studies that contradict each other. ...Read more
When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more
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