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Doctor insights on: What Cancer Mimics Pregnancy

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

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


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How is cancer treated in pregnancy?

How is cancer treated in pregnancy?

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

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What cancer has symptoms similar to pregnancy symptoms?

What cancer has symptoms similar to pregnancy symptoms?

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

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My friend had cancer and just found out she is pregnant. Will her cancer affect her pregnancy?

My friend had cancer and just found out she is pregnant. Will her cancer affect her pregnancy?

It depends: Most cancers do not affect pregnancy especially if the Cancer was adequately treated in the past. But a lot depends on what kind of Cancer she has had? Breast cancer or some other cancer> And how long ago was her Cancer treated??? Tell us the whole story. Read more

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Cancer symptoms mistaken for pregnancy symptoms?

Cancer symptoms mistaken for pregnancy symptoms?

No: The cancer symptoms depend to type of cancer and location, and is not mistaken for pregnancy Read more

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Can ovarian cancer be detected during pregnancy?

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

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Can teenage sex or pregnancy lead to cervical cancer?

Can teenage sex or pregnancy lead to cervical cancer?

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

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Can some type of cancers give you 4 false positive pregnancy tests?

Can some type of cancers give you 4 false positive pregnancy tests?

Extremely rare!: I would be more concerned that the pregnancy tests were positive due to a true pregnancy or due to an ectopic pregnancy. Please see you doctor. Read more

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Is there a difference between the result for hCG for pregnancy and for cancer?

Is there a difference between the result for hCG for pregnancy and for cancer?

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

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Is it true certain cancers can cause a false positive pregnancy tests? Which cancers if so?

Is it true certain cancers can cause a false positive pregnancy tests? Which cancers if so?

Choriocarcinoma: A choriocarcinoma produces high levels of HCG and thus can cause a false positive pregnancy test. Hope this helps. Read more

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Cervical cancer and pregnancy at the same time with lots of stress?

Cervical cancer and pregnancy at the same time with lots of stress?

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

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How long it takes the partial molar pregnancy to develop into cancer?

How long it takes the partial molar pregnancy to develop into cancer?

It can vary: These type of neoplasms have a variable course and require close follow up with your doctor, typically with regular blood examinations after evacuation to ensure this regrowth or transformation is not occurring. Read more

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Is it true that if a man tests positive on a pregnancy test he has testicular cancer?

Is it true that if a man tests positive on a pregnancy test he has testicular cancer?

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

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Can ovarian cancer cause positive pregnancy test?

Can ovarian cancer cause positive pregnancy test?

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

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Why is having fewer pregnancies or fewer kids a risk factor for cancer of the breast?

Why is having fewer pregnancies or fewer kids a risk factor for cancer of the breast?

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

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If I'm predisposed to cervical cancer, should I start to consider pregnancy through donors?

If I'm predisposed to cervical cancer, should I start to consider pregnancy through donors?

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

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Could uterine cancer cause positive pregnancy test?

Could uterine cancer cause positive pregnancy test?

Possibly.: Some cancers, including some uterine cancers, can produce hcg, which is the molecule detected in most pregnancy testing. Read more

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After mom took DES in pregnancy is it possible to get cervical cancer from this?

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

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Dr. Tanya Russo
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Pregnancy (Definition)

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