Woman who conceived baby through IVF after husband’s brain tumour was discovered reveals she was diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant
- Sarah Mayfield discovered she had triple negative breast cancer while pregnant
- She conceived child through IVF after her husband had cancerous brain tumour
- Welcomed son Elijah in June, who was born healthy despite chemotherapy through pregnancy
A woman who conceived her son through IVF after her husband was diagnosed with a brain tumour has revealed she also fell ill with cancer while carrying the couple’s first child.
Speaking to Christine Lampard on ITV’s Lorraine this morning, Sarah Mayfield, 33, said she was at the gym when she noticed a lump in her breast, which she first thought was a blocked milk duct.
After visiting the GP and a breast clinic, doctors told her the woman from from Stapleford, Nottinghamshire she had Triple Negative Breast Cancer meaning both her and her partner Matt, 37, had to give up work due to ill health.
Speaking to Christine Lampard on Lorraine this morning, Sarah Mayfield, 33, from Stapleford, Nottinghamshire said she was at the gym when she noticed a lump in her breast, which she first thought was a blocked milk duct but it was triple negative breast cancer
‘My husband had treatment last year for a brain tumour, and as soon as they did the operation they saw it was cancerous, ‘ she explained.
‘They offered us IVF straight away as he wasn’t sure if the tumour had affected his fertility.
WHAT IS TRIPLE NEGATIVE BREAST CANCER?
Triple negative breast cancer is a form of the disease that does not have receptors for the hormones oestrogen or progesterone, or the protein HER2.
This makes it trickier to treat due to the tumour not responding to these hormonal or protein therapies.
Triple negative breast cancer makes up around 10-to-20 per cent of all forms of the disease.
It tends to be more aggressive than other breast tumours, with patients having a worse prognosis.
The condition is more common in those under 40 and black women.
It is diagnosed via a sample of the cancerous cells.
Symptoms are similar to other forms of breast cancer.
These can include:
- Lump or thickening in the breast
- Change in the size, shape or feel of the breast
- Dimpling of the skin
- Change in the shape of the nipple
- Rash or blood-stained discharge coming from the nipple
- Swelling in the armpit
Treatment usually involves surgery, chemo and radiotherapy.
Chemo may be given first to shrink the tumour before a patient goes under the knife.
It may also be given after the operation to prevent the disease returning.
The couple stated IVF in January 2019, and fell pregnant with twins on their second round.
She tragically lost the twins at eight weeks, but on their third round they fell pregnant and were overjoyed to be expecting their first child.
But the happiness was quickly squashed when Sarah got a cancer diagnosis too.
Sarah first had a mastectomy and then had to start treatments at 20 weeks pregnant. Her baby Elijah was born healthy at 7lb11oz on June 5. They are pictured together this morning
Sarah welcomed her son in June, her husband Matt couldn’t be at the birth due to coronavirus restrictions
Matt, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year, is pictured with a sonogram after Sarah fell pregnant
‘I was getting ready for the gym and found a little lump, I thought it was a blocked milk duct, while is normal in pregnancy.
‘I thought it was nothing major but they said it was grade three triple negative breast cancer, I was shocked,’ she added.
Sarah said abortion wasn’t an option for her, as the baby she was carrying was her last embryo.
Sarah (pictured right while pregnant) said she had to ring the bell – to signify the end of chemo treatment – by herself which is usually a family affair
The couple stated IVF in January 2019, and fell pregnant with twins on their second round. She tragically lost the twins at eight weeks, but on their third round they fell pregnant and were overjoyed to be expecting their first child. But the happiness was quickly squashed when Sarah got a cancer diagnosis too. She is pictured having cancer treatment
Sarah first had a mastectomy and then had to start treatments at 20 weeks pregnant.
Her baby Elijah was born healthy at 7lb11oz on June 5.
The mother finished her chemotherapy in July, but had to ring the bell in the cancer ward to celebrate the end of treatment alone.
‘It was quite isolating, my mum could take me to a couple chemotherapies, but after March it was a case of going in wearing my mask and sitting there.
The mother-of-one is now having radiotherapy, while her son, now four months is happy and healthy.