What if I think I am pregnant?
It is possible to get pregnant while receiving treatment for cancer. If you think you might be pregnant, talk to someone, anyone, on your CHOC care team. We can help you figure out all of your options. Your treatment can then be tailored to what stage of cancer you have, and how far along you are in the pregnancy.
In most cases, pregnant woman under the age of 18 are protected by strict privacy laws. Anyone on your CHOC care team can facilitate a pregnancy test for you in private. If you think you may be pregnant, talk to your CHOC social worker, nurse or doctor.
There are a lot of decisions that need to be made if you get pregnant before or during cancer treatment—including delaying treatment to carry the baby to full term, changing treatment or pregnancy termination.
A pregnant woman with cancer is capable of giving birth to a healthy baby, and some cancer treatments are safe during pregnancy. Cancer rarely affects the fetus directly. For the safety of yourself, and your baby, you need to talk to your nurse or doctor if you think you might be pregnant.