A MUM who was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer during her pregnancy risked her life to give birth to a “miracle” baby boy.
Jade Devis, 36, rejected doctors’ advice to have a termination after they claimed he was “too young to save” and it was “life or death for her”.
Jade Devis, 36, was diagnosed with a rare form of breast cancer during her pregnancy[/caption]
Jade felt the strong heartbeat of her son Bradley inside of her and knew she had to fight on[/caption]
Jade was only a few weeks into her pregnancy when she felt a hard lump in one of her breasts.
Medical staff initially believed it was harmless and caused by her hormones, but she was not so certain.
Thankfully she trusted her instincts and had the mass biopsied.
Results would later reveal that she had Stage 2 triple-negative breast cancer.
Jade told KTLA: “If I had ignored it, I would have been dead.”
I wanted to keep my baby because I would not allow a stranger to tell me my child’s fate.
She was advised to have an abortion so she could start treatment right away but had a moment of doubt.
Jade explained how “something rose up” inside of her.
She said: “I wanted to keep my baby because I would not allow a stranger to tell me my child’s fate.”
The expectant-mom knew she had to fight on and transferred to Loma Linda University Hospital, where she started chemotherapy.
I KNEW I HAD TO FIGHT
Jade said: “His heart was beating. I could feel him inside. He was fighting, so I had to fight, too.”
After multiple rounds of treatment, she gave birth to her son, Bradley, in July.
Her latest scans have showed no further signs of cancer and that it has not spread.
In November she will finish treatment.
I am blessed when I look at my son, and I cannot ask for more than that.
Jade believes her chance at life and baby’s survival is “nothing short of a miracle”.
She said: “It is surreal to remember that my pregnancy had an element of extraordinary fear.
“I am blessed when I look at my son, and I cannot ask for more than that.”
Dr Jukes Namm from the hospital said that the type of breast cancer that she has is “one of the most aggressive”.
But he added: “The good news is that it is more responsive to chemotherapy.”
MOST AGGRESSIVE BREAST CANCER
Triple-negative breast cancer has no known causes, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation.
The tumours do not have receptors that allow them to grow from estrogen, progesterone or HER-2/neu gene, like other forms of breast cancer.
It is known to be difficult to treat and is more likely to spread and recur, however treatment can be extremely successful.
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This type of cancer is best treated with chemotherapy, which works more effectively if caught early.
Women with a history of breast cancer, especially the BRCA1 or BRCA2 gene are more likely to develop it.
Bradley was born in July, the mum will undergo her final chemotherapy treatment in November[/caption]