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Update: Kerryn McCann diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant

08/25/2007 at 12:33 PM ET

Update: Kerryn states that following the birth of her child, she will begin an 18-week chemotherapy course.

She said in an interview with The Syndney Morning Herald,

It’s worth fighting for, another little baby. That will help. It’s exciting, it’s something else to thinkabout. I plan on fighting the cancer and other women have been throughit so I can do it, too.

Originally posted August 24: Kerryn McCann is expecting her third child but two weeks ago the Australian runner was diagnosed with breast cancer.

The 40-year-old underwent surgery on August 14 and will most likely undergo chemotherapy following the birth of her child. The Commonwealth Games marathon champion stated that,

I’ve had the surgery, it’s treatable and I’m ready to fightit.

Her third child is not due until October 18, according to reports, but an induction will take place September 5. Her coach, Nic Bideau, said,

She is in good spirits. She was diagnosed only two weeks ago, but has had some good news in that the doctors say it is treatable.The last time I spoke to her, she was less interested in talkingabout herself than she was in wishing the other athletes in our stablegood luck, especially Craig Mottram. ‘Go Buster!’ she said’.

Kerryn and her husband, Greg, are parents to son, Brenton, who will turn 10 on September 15, and daughter, Josie, 3.

Source: Mercury and Melbourne Herald Sun

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Sarah on

My heart just goes out to this family! How tough it must be to have what should be a singularly happy even be shadowed by cancer. I want to send Kerry and her entire family all my best wishes.
Thankfully with all the advances in prenatal care the baby should be fine. Sept. 5th would put her at around 34 weeks (assuming the October 18th due date) right? 10 years ago my brother was born at 36 and he was really healthy, and the identical quads that were recently born in Calgary at 31 weeks are all doing really, really well. They were even breathing on their own from birth. So this precious little baby should be fine. And hopefully so will Kerry, she seems to have a great attitude though, and that often can make all the difference.

gabriella on

My heart goes out to kerry and her family, hope all works out well.

madison on

Now this is the story that has gotten me today. Not pregnant repeat offender Nicole Ritchie having to spend 82 minutes in jail. It makes me so sad to hear of pregnant women who are also facing a fight with breast cancer. Unfortunately, the hormones of pregnancy seem to feed malignancies.

One small blessing in this terrible situation though is timing. She’s far enough along to deliver soon, so she can begin the treatments she needs. I’m sure her doctors have determined a date that is in the best interest of both mother and baby. My prayers go out to her and her family.

wombat on

I am confused by the introductory sentence: “Kerryn McCann should be happy.” Okay, she’s probably been happy about being pregnant, but I’d think that being diagnosed with cancer might make her feel more than a bit unhappy, as one would expect. Add to that the fact that the absolute best course of treatment for her cancer will likely be modified due to her pregnancy. I sure hope that she and the baby are okay, and that they do have happiness and health, but I find the statement “Kerry McCann should be happy…two weeks ago the Australian runner was diagnosed with breast cancer.” to be insensitive. I think I would probably be feeling more terrified than happy if I were her.

jen on

Sending prayers to the family.

Lilybett on

I hope she and her baby can share in the strength she has shown in her sport. Good luck to both of them and their family.

Karina the Great on

I will send my prayers to her and her family… may God keep her safe and good luck to her.

Jesmi on

Thanks for your comments.

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