Pregnancy

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Pregnancy

Postby Happy_girl » Sat Dec 30, 2017 9:07 pm

Hi! It’s been a while since I’ve posted on here. I just needed a space to share. I was diagnosed stage 3a in April 2014 when my daughter was 6 weeks old. My husband and i were hoping to grow our family. I’ve seen melanoma specialists— currently Dr Kendra at the James (Ohio State), and Dr coit initially after diagnosis (he performed my clnd- although he stated he would have been comfortable NOT doing it as well when looking at my tumor stats). Dr. Kendra suggested waiting 1-2 years before becoming pregnant, and Dr Coit suggested waiting 3-4 years.

So the question- it is now over 3 1/2 years and I am now 6 weeks pregnant. I am so excited, and then. I get moments of sheer fear and panic.... that we made the wrong choice, and that this beast is going to come back while pregnant. I’ve googled ( STUPID YES), but I seem to never find positive stories of pregnancy after stage 3a.

Any insite from anyone would be appreciated.
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Re: Pregnancy

Postby Catherine Poole » Sun Dec 31, 2017 8:28 am

The doctor's advice is based on the statistics showing melanoma recurs normally in the first two years after diagnosis. Coit was being more conservative. Now that you are pregnant at over 3 years I say enjoy it and be vigilant. There is no proven hormonal connection, so the pregnancy wouldn't be the reason for the recur. It is highly doubtful the low risk lesion you had will recur. Keep up physical exercise and relaxation too. Eat well and often. I never felt better than when I was pregnant (well after the 3rd month) and I had melanoma during pregnancy 28 years ago.
Take good care, happy New Year and keep in touch.
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Re: Pregnancy

Postby hope629 » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:22 pm

I'm so happy for you. Try to enjoy it as much as possible and continue to be vigilant with your follow-up care and appointments. It's normal to feel anxious and scared at times but remember you had one healthy pregnancy and baby already and clean scans the last 3.5 years. So keep reminding yourself of that :) I go in for my next scan tomorrow (3 years NED from Stage 3A- diagnosed August 2014) and we're also at the point in our family deciding on trying for baby #2 or not. My oncologist (Dr. Schuchter from Penn Med) also suggested waiting a full three years before trying again. You're not alone. XO
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Re: Pregnancy

Postby Catherine Poole » Wed Jan 03, 2018 3:47 pm

My doc who trained Lynn Schucter said to wait 2 years for another pregnancy but then added you have two children, why would you want more? (he always kept me laughing) So each doc has their own guideline developed from experience. Keep in touch!
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Re: Pregnancy

Postby hope629 » Wed Jan 10, 2018 9:57 am

Thanks, Catherine! Dr. Schuchter is the best and I trust her medical opinion and care I have had to this point. I had a clean scan (NED) last week, so I'll go back in 6 months in July. She said it's our choice at this time. We're in a good place right now with me being healthy as well as our son, so we decided to get one more scan in 6 months which will take me to 4 years removed and go from there. It's a hard decision and I'm not ready to make it yet. Dr. Schuchter told me during our visit that one of her other patients (very different melanoma case/higher risk of reoccurance) was in to see her before me and was pregnant with her second child (12 years removed) so you never know :)
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Re: Pregnancy

Postby Catherine Poole » Wed Jan 10, 2018 2:41 pm

You have to do what your gut tells you on top of the doc's opinion. Hope all continues well for you and we always love to hear good news here!
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