Although the diagnosis of cancer in pregnancy is rare, it affects more and more women
One of the main reasons is the older age of the expectant mother. When their first child is born, women today are on average only a few years older than their mothers and grandmothers were. Overall, however, the reproductive phase is extending further and further back, so that the majority of children are now born to women over 30. However, with age, the risk of developing cancer also increases. Consequently, cancer is increasingly being diagnosed in pregnant women as well. Tendency increasing.
Even if it sounds unlikely, chemotherapy for pregnant women is possible – and not necessarily harmful to the unborn child. At least that is what the experience of doctors around the world proves over the past decades. One of the pioneers was the mexican doctor agustin aviles, who in 1973 treated a pregnant patient with acute leukemia for the first time. She was the first of 84 women aviles treated with chemotherapy over the next three decades, 58 of them in the first trimester of pregnancy, the critical period when all organs are formed in the fetus. All of the children survived, only 5.8 percent had malformations, the fewest of which were severe (the rate is within the usual range). The first patient also survived and gave birth to a healthy daughter, who today has six children of her own.