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What is the chances of a baby getting cancer if the mother has?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Family Medicine
3 doctors agree

In brief: Not contagious

Cancer is not a contagious condition so cancer will not be passed from mother to baby.
However, some cancers can have a genetic pre-disposition so an offspring can inherit certain types of cancer that could occur in adulthood.

In brief: Not contagious

Cancer is not a contagious condition so cancer will not be passed from mother to baby.
However, some cancers can have a genetic pre-disposition so an offspring can inherit certain types of cancer that could occur in adulthood.
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
Dr. Kenneth Cheng
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Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Pathology
2 doctors agree

In brief: Unlikely

If you are concerned the cancer cells may get to the baby through mom's blood, it is not reported.
I checked with an oncology colleague and he confirms the same. The concern would be when and how to treat mom's cancer.

In brief: Unlikely

If you are concerned the cancer cells may get to the baby through mom's blood, it is not reported.
I checked with an oncology colleague and he confirms the same. The concern would be when and how to treat mom's cancer.
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
Dr. Chakshu Gupta
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Dr. Scott Diede
Pediatrics - Hematology & Oncology

In brief: Gene predisposition

If the mother had cancer while she was pregnant, the cancer will not spread to the baby and give the it cancer. If the mother's cancer was in part caused by a mutation in a cancer predisposition gene, it is possible she could pass this gene to her baby (50:50 chance).
Depending on the gene, the baby could be at increased risk of developing the same or another cancer.

In brief: Gene predisposition

If the mother had cancer while she was pregnant, the cancer will not spread to the baby and give the it cancer. If the mother's cancer was in part caused by a mutation in a cancer predisposition gene, it is possible she could pass this gene to her baby (50:50 chance).
Depending on the gene, the baby could be at increased risk of developing the same or another cancer.
Dr. Scott Diede
Dr. Scott Diede
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