Jethel Curry was 12 weeks pregnant with her sixth child when she first found the lump in her breast. She was told it was nothing to worry about; just normal changes due to pregnancy. But she wanted it checked out anyway.
It took a series of tests and a biopsy to finally conclude her worst fear: it was cancer.
"Then I found out one of the physicians here had worked with treating pregnant women with cancer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center in Texas," she said. "That really made me breathe a sigh of relief."
Dr. Koyamangalath Krishnan, the medical oncologist at the Regional Cancer Center who had worked at M.D. Anderson, said he was confident Jethel could be treated and keep the baby healthy.
Jethel had a lumpectomy to remove the cancer and had her lymph nodes removed as well,and then she had to start chemotherapy. "We were able to complete five rounds of chemo," Dr. Krishnan said.
Then, on Aug. 12, 2010, Jethel had a baby boy at 40 weeks of gestation. "I was able to go full term, and he weighed 7 pounds, 12 ounces," she said. "So far, we haven't heard anything back negative and he appears to be completely healthy."