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Is it possible for a pregnant woman with leukemia to pass the diseased blood cells on to her baby?

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Dr. Ed Kaplan
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Very very Rarely

Although very unlikely, there have been a few reports of transmission of leukemia cells to the fetus from the mother. Mother and fetus do not share blood : the placenta is the place where the two circulations come close enough to allow nutrients to cross but almost never blood cells themselves.
Rarely blood cells will escape across ( example - rh sickness) so theoretically a leukemic cell could.

In brief: Very very Rarely

Although very unlikely, there have been a few reports of transmission of leukemia cells to the fetus from the mother. Mother and fetus do not share blood : the placenta is the place where the two circulations come close enough to allow nutrients to cross but almost never blood cells themselves.
Rarely blood cells will escape across ( example - rh sickness) so theoretically a leukemic cell could.
Dr. Ed Kaplan
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Dr. Helmy Guirgis
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Leukmeia does not

However, pregnant women after the 1st trimester have been successfully treated from their leukemia.
The danger of chemotherapy lies primarily in its use during the first trimester. There is also a risk in 2nd and 3 rd as well as in non-pregnant. It is a balance between waiting, treatment and risk. It is a sensitive and complicated subject. Consult with a blood cancer blood center in your area.

In brief: Leukmeia does not

However, pregnant women after the 1st trimester have been successfully treated from their leukemia.
The danger of chemotherapy lies primarily in its use during the first trimester. There is also a risk in 2nd and 3 rd as well as in non-pregnant. It is a balance between waiting, treatment and risk. It is a sensitive and complicated subject. Consult with a blood cancer blood center in your area.
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