Mother-to-be went for scan and told baby is actually cancerous growth

An excited mother-to-be went to her 12-week scan only to discover that her ‘baby’ was actually a cancerous growth that made her body mimic pregnancy Grace Baker-Padden, 23, had been taking the contraceptive pill and so was surprised when she fell pregnant last year She took four pregnancy tests before visiting her GP at her home in Willington, County Durham, who confirmed she was expecting a baby Grace and her partner Joe Cowling, 28, were excited by the news. They told their families and had already begun to discuss baby names Not long after finding out she was expecting, Grace thought she was suffering with morning sickness as she began to vomit almost everyday Her stomach also started to swell and she assumed that this too was because of the pregnancy   But when she reached the ten to 12-week phase she feared she was having a miscarriage after noticing blood spots  She was rushed to the University Hospital of North Durham with Joe where doctors performed a scan They could not find the shape of a baby and instead discovered a cancerous mass had been growing that made her body mimic the stages of pregnancy   Grace had been experiencing symptoms of pregnancy including morning sickness and stomach swelling but feared she was having a miscarriage after noticing spots of blood She was rushed to hospital with Joe where doctors performed a scan and discovered a cancerous mass had been growing that made her body mimic the stages of pregnancy Speaking to the Sunday Mirror about when she found out, Grace said the u-turn from looking forward to an exciting to future to now knowing her health was at risk was devastating The trainee conveyancing solicitor said: ‘I just wanted the horrible mass out of me immediately ‘ Doctors confirmed it was a molar pregnancy, also known as gestational trophoblastic disease  A non-fertilised egg had implanted itself in Grace’s uterus and caused her hormone levels to soar  The mass was removed two days later after tests showed it was malignant.For the following six months she had to take chemotherapy medication to try and bring her hormones under control Grace said this made her tired and weak and that her hair had started to thin. Just before Christmas 2018 the couple were given the all clear but continued to undergo treatment as a precaution   The mass was removed and for six months she had to take chemotherapy medication to try and bring her hormones under controlAlthough doctors have warned of a 15 per cent chance it will happen again, the couple said the initial relief was incredible and that they booked a holiday to celebrate  They still hope to have a baby in the future but have been advised not to try for at least a year while Grace’s body stabilises  Recruitment consultant Joe is taking part in the Great North Run to raise money for the Teenage Cancer Trust that helped the couple through the ordeal In his JustGIving appeal to raise £2,000 he said: ‘At the beginning of 2018 my partner Grace was told she had gestational trophoblastic disease, a rare form of cancer ‘Over the past year I have seen her show real strength as she received rounds of chemotherapy to fight the disease, I am so proud of her  ‘[Her] treatment was administered at the Teenage Cancer Ward at Weston Park Hospital in Sheffield, a ward that receives a great deal of funding from the Teenage Cancer Trust  ‘The work that the nurses and doctors do on that ward is nothing less than amazing, every time I have visited with Grace I have been taken aback by everything they do for the brave individuals they are treating ‘ WHAT IS A MOLAR PREGNANCY?A molar pregnancy occurs when a lump of abnormal cells grows in the womb instead of a healthy foetus A ‘complete mole’ is when there is no foetus, while a ‘partial’ occurs when a foetus starts to form but cannot develop into a baby Around one in 590 pregnancies in the UK, and one in 1,000 in the US, are molar. Many women have no symptoms and are unaware they are having molar pregnancies until routine ultrasound scans Some may experience:Vaginal bleeding or dark dischargeSevere morning sicknessAn unusually swollen abdomenTreatment often involves removing the abnormal cells via suction Medication may also be necessary.Treatment may also be required to remove any leftover abnormal cells, which can turn cancerous Molar pregnancies do not affect women’s chances of conceiving in the future.Source: NHS Choices 

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