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If a mother has leukemia while pregnant, would the baby get the leukemia too?

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Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Placental barrier

Some cancers, particularly melanoma, are known to metastasize to the placenta and to the fetus.
Most cancers do not cross the placenta and effect the fetus. Chemotherapy during pregnancy does cross the placenta and can effect the growth of the fetus.

In brief: Placental barrier

Some cancers, particularly melanoma, are known to metastasize to the placenta and to the fetus.
Most cancers do not cross the placenta and effect the fetus. Chemotherapy during pregnancy does cross the placenta and can effect the growth of the fetus.
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
Dr. Marilynn Frederiksen
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Dr. M. Taslimi
Obstetrics & Gynecology
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Not directly

Mother's leukemic cells don't go to the fetus and can't cause leukemia in the fetus but genes may be inheritted and increase the the risk of leukemia in the child in some forms of leukemia.

In brief: Not directly

Mother's leukemic cells don't go to the fetus and can't cause leukemia in the fetus but genes may be inheritted and increase the the risk of leukemia in the child in some forms of leukemia.
Dr. M. Taslimi
Dr. M. Taslimi
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Dr. David Bergman
Obstetrics & Gynecology - Maternal Fetal Medicine

In brief: LeukemiA

No the baby will not be affected by the mother's disease.
The fetus might be affected by the treatment.

In brief: LeukemiA

No the baby will not be affected by the mother's disease.
The fetus might be affected by the treatment.
Dr. David Bergman
Dr. David Bergman
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