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Cancer and Pregnancy



Cancer during pregnancy is rare, but it does happen. The most common cancers in pregnancy are breast cancer, cervical cancer, lymphoma, and melanoma. Cancer itself rarely harms the baby, and some cancer treatments are safe during pregnancy. You and your health care provider will work together to find the best treatment. Your options will depend on how far along the pregnancy is, as well as the type, size, and stage of your cancer.

Another type of cancer that women can get is called a gestational trophoblastic tumor. It happens when a fertilized egg doesn't become a fetus. The tumor is not always easy to find. In its early stages, it may look like a normal pregnancy. You should see your health care provider if you have vaginal bleeding (not menstrual bleeding) or if your baby hasn't moved at the expected time.

Treatment depends on the type of tumor, whether it has spread to other places, and your general state of health.