Pregnant Woman Fighting Breast Cancer Gets 9 Rounds of Chemo While Carrying Her Baby

Just a few weeks after she found out she was pregnant with her second child, Jordana Baker received some news that turned one of the happiest times in her life into one of the most challenging. She was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer.

Baker, 32, was 11 weeks pregnant at the time of her diagnosis. She found a lump in her breast, which doctors confirmed was cancer. She actually had two tumors in her breast, both of which were triple-negative – a very aggressive form of breast cancer.

In a recent interview with TODAY, Baker said, “I’ve always been healthy. I exercise, I eat well, and if there’s anything that doesn’t feel right, I’m proactive about it.”

At 13 weeks – the start of her second trimester – Baker opted to have a mastectomy after doctors assured her it was safe for her unborn son.” When I woke up from that surgery and came out of the anesthesia, the sound of his heartbeat was the most beautiful sound I’d ever heard.” She said.

Now that Baker is eight months pregnant, she and her husband, John, are amazed at how strong their little boy has become.” We call this baby our little warrior,” she said on the “Today” show.” He’s been through a very major surgery and now eight rounds of chemo before he breathed on Earth.” (A recent Instagram post shows that Baker has now undergone nine rounds of chemo.

Marleen Meyers, M.D., a medical oncologist at Langone Health at New York University, told Health that while it’s true that pregnancy can greatly limit treatment options for breast cancer, there are a limited number of chemotherapy drugs that are safe for babies.

Meyers said she has treated many pregnant women. During childbirth, a mother may go bald from chemotherapy, yet her baby is born with a full head of hair.” If you always give parents a lot of reassurance, the chemotherapy doesn’t actually affect the fetus,” she said.

Some surgeries are not safe for pregnant breast cancer patients, but others are, such as mastectomies. However, surgery and chemotherapy are both safe once the mother is in her second trimester, Meyers said. Ultimately, every cancer is different, and a treatment that is safe for one person may not be safe for another.

Fortunately, the cancer itself can’t harm the baby, and many women can treat the disease while pregnant – though they may not be able to go through some treatments to preserve it as a more aggressive type, Meyers says.

Baker, who is due to give birth in a few weeks, said the support of her family, including her father-in-law, has gotten her through. Her family, on the other hand, says her positive attitude has helped them.

In a recent Instagram post, Baker wrote, “1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer…”. . 1 in 3,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant…. I will be 1 more person to beat breast cancer.”.