Pancreatic cancer and pregnancy questions?

Question by Lulu: Pancreatic cancer and pregnancy questions?
Ok I’m writing a story for school about a women with pancreatic cancer but doesn;t know it, and she becomes pregnant. Would doctors be able to see that she had pancreatic cancer during any pregnancy checkups or tests including ultrasounds?

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Answer by lo_mcg
You should pick a different disease for a woman of childbearing age.

Pancreatic cancer is extremely rare in people under 40.

80% of those diagnosed with it are over 60, and 63% are over 70.

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    Just_Me May 15, 2013 at 10:16 pm

    My mother had Pancreatic Cancer when she was 40. And people can get pregnant around then too. So, it is possible. If you want to use this scenario, I say go for it, but know that it’d be very rare.

    During pregnancy, they usually only do ultrasounds and not many other kinds of x-rays (unless there’s complications). If the Cancer is in the first stages, they might not find it. However, Pancreatic Cancer progresses fast and it wouldn’t be too surprising if the mother lost the baby. 🙁

    If she does deliver the child, her body will be weak, and the Cancer might progress faster. The child probably wouldn’t have a mother much longer, and probably should be trying to set up an adoption (if the father isn’t around) for afterwards.

    Hmm, that would be a really rare scenario though. I once read of a story of a 4-year-old having Pancreatic Cancer. Now THAT is rare!

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