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Megan Flynn with her infant son, Andrew. Photo by Simply Bliss Photography.
When Megan Flynn, a pregnant mother of two, joined a cancer registry funded in part by the St. Baldrick’s Foundation, she was hoping to get some answers to the questions she had about a rare cancer she had developed at 17. She never dreamed she’d end up saving her own baby’s life.
But that was how doctors discovered she had a rare genetic mutation that likely played a role in the development of her childhood cancer — and that led to her infant son’s rare lung cancer.
Megan’s childhood cancer
When Megan was diagnosed with a rare ovarian cancer called Sertoli-Leydig cell tumor in 1997, no one knew much about her type of cancer, let alone what caused it. After surgery and five years of follow-up scans to make sure the cancer hadn’t returned, Megan was sent on her way.
She graduated college, got married, and started having kids of her own, always wondering in the back of her mind what had caused her cancer and if it was something she should worry about with her own children. “I just never really had any answers,” she said.
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