MedStar Health Helps Pregnant Woman Battling Cancer


– October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and while there have been
great strides in prevention and treatment, a diagnosis of the disease is still very scary. – Yeah, even more so as
Kelly Swoope shows us tonight for a woman who is 31 weeks pregnant. – [Kelly] Getting pregnant
was a dream come true for Melani Vohs. She and her husband, Ron,
had been trying for years. Then last year after one round of IVF her dream became a reality. But 31 weeks into her pregnancy, that dream became a nightmare. – [Melani] I was getting
ready to get into the shower and felt a lump as I was undressing. – [Kelly] Little Morgan was
still in her mother’s womb, when Melani learned she was also carrying a stage three triple negative
cancerous tumor in her breast. – [Melani] I didn’t know how
the chemotherapy would affect her because I didn’t want to do it if she was going to have
any kind of reaction to it. – Her tumor was fairly big and the lymph nodes were involved. – [Kelly] Dr. Shweta Kurian,
Melani’s Medical Oncologist, says her cancer is one of
the most aggressive forms and required treatment with chemotherapy as soon as possible. – Pregnant women or non-pregnant
in terms of survival, there is no difference
if they get the treatment at the right time. And that’s why we don’t delay treating even when you’re pregnant. After 12 weeks time, once all the organs have developed completely, the risk of having any organ damage from the chemo is very minimal. – [Melani] They went
ahead and did the chemo and four weeks later, they
sent me into the hospital to be induced. I was induced at 38 weeks. And she is a healthy beautiful baby girl. (baby cooing)
(group chattering) – [Kelly] And she’s also
a happy 8 month old. – I can’t believe she went
through all of that with me, and I don’t know what
I would do without her. So she’s been keeping me distracted from everything that’s going on. – [Kelly] But Morgan still has work to do, because her mother’s battle
with cancer isn’t over. – I want to be here for her, I wanna be here to help
raise her, take care of her. – [Kelly] Melani won’t
know for a couple of months whether or not she’s cancer free. But she says it’s been
a long journey so far, and she’ll continue to
hold her head up high. – I can finally see the light
at the end of the tunnel, and so hopefully I will
come out on the other end. – [Kelly] Kelly Swoope, WMAR-2 News.

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