Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma During Pregnancy   Leave a comment

Baby in ultrasoundBattling non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL) is a painful experience, and a few women have had to undergo this fight while pregnant. This is an extremely rare situation, and less than 100 incidences have ever been reported. A recent case study published in the Bangladesh Journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology follows the medical management of one such mother.

A 26-year-old pregnant woman sought medical attention due to “shortness
of breath and cough for 7 days” and “pain in the right side of the back of the chest for 10 days” (BJOG). She was diagnosed with NHL and received five rounds of chemotherapy at 17 weeks, 21 weeks, 24 weeks, 28 weeks and 32 weeks of pregnancy. Additionally, she received a sixth round of chemo 10 days after delivery. The child survived delivery, but was not able to receive the mother’s breast milk in an attempt to reduce the effects of chemo. As of 11 months of age, the child was in good health. The mother, unfortunately, died approximately eight months after delivery.

This case study provided a unique opportunity to monitor pregnancy while treating NHL. Hopefully, this research can help women in the future who face this distressing situation. To read more about this research, click here.


Posted November 5, 2010 by lymphomactivist in Uncategorized

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