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Forum > Specific Cancer: Specific Cancer
Thyroid cancer during pregnancy

Date: 2004-12-01

My daughter in law is due in may,she has a son born last december and after his birth she had her thyroid out due to cancer. Her Dr now tells her they did not get all of the cancer and can do nothing until after the baby is born.The Dr has said he doesn't know where the cancer is or how bad it may be,we are all very concerned and wonder if anything can be done during the pregnany Would it be advisable for her to have the baby by section at 7 months,can you give us any help,we would be very appreciative.

The following information should not replace the assessment and advice you have been receiving from your physician (cancer specialist, obstetrician, or any other healthcare provider). It is offered for your information only. Consult your physician.

It is unadvisable to deliver at 7 months. Prematurity is associated with severe risks to brain development. This is especially true when it is not clear what type of spread she has. The doctors can still do quite a few things during pregnancy, such as local imaging (CT, MRI of the neck) which will help define how aggressive the tumor is.

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