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What Is The Chances Of A Baby Getting Cancer If The Mother Has
If a nursing mother has cancer, would the cancer cells get into the breastmilk and affect her baby?
If it takes 20 years to get cancer, and a parent smokes next to her new baby, can the baby have lung cancer by age 20 years?
1+1 not always 2: While we know a lot about risk factors for cancer, we really cannot predict when cancer will develop based upon exposure to known carcinogens. To be fair, it is unlikely to see lung cancer in a 20 yr old, but there is absolutely no reason why any mother should ever smoke anywhere near her baby, ever. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Need more info: Depends to the extent she has the cancer. If it was limited to the kidney and she had a nephrectomy then she has the possiblity of cure indefinitely, that depends on how extensive it involved the kidney. Sometimes these cancers even early stage can recur unexpectedly years later. If more advanced then outlook can be much more concerning. Talk with the urologist and oncologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
My mother in law got radiation therapy for her skin cancer today and my 2 month baby got near her is it bad..should I worry??
No: Most radiation for skin cancer is a beam that kills cancer cells. As soon as the beam is shut off, there is no appreciable risk of "stray radiation". If radioactive seeds were implanted, things may be different, but this is rarely done for skin cancer treatment. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possible neurological effects to baby breastfed during mother's stomach-cancer treatment? (chemo etc.?) obvious mental retardation only or subtle too?
Difficult to answer: Many things make a difference here - what chemo is being used, how long exposure, etc. Remember, your baby is going through tons of development of every organ system and chemo will harm this. While i applaud your wanting to breast feed, i can't imagine risking your child's development, intelligence and risk for cancer in the future just to continue breast feeding. Effects could be devastating. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I have been smoking for 10 years. Both mother n father parents had cancer , my mother has to. What are my chances of getting cancer?
Smoking Risk: A positive family history increases your chances by multiples of 2 or more over the "general" smoking population. Having said that, your baseline risk depends in how many "pack years" you have smoked. Look at the charts here===>http://www.Cancerresearchuk.Org/cancer-info/cancerstats/causes/lifestyle/tobacco/tobacco-and-cancer-risk and you will see that after 20 years, your risk increases 5-fold. ...Read more
Is it possible to determine my chances of getting pancreatic cancer since my mother died of this?
No: Brca2 and the lynch family are the only common genetic syndromes that increase the risk for pancreatic ca, and that only some; you can be tested if you wish. P16/cdkn2a is pancreatic ca & melanoma. Prss1 is the only uncommon one that's mostly-pancreas & you'd know if you had this, peutz-jeghers or vhl. Otherwise it strikes at random. Sorry about mom. Stay proactive; it's a good thing. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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