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If I have Fanconi anemia, will I get cancer?

People with Fanconi anemia (FA) are at an increased risk for developing blood cancers as well as other solid tumors. However, not everyone with FA will get cancer.

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If I have Fanconi anemia, what types of cancer am I at risk for?

When will I die from Fanconi anemia?

If I have Fanconi anemia, can I become pregnant?

If I have Fanconi anemia, is it risky for me to get pregnant?

I have Fanconi Anemia and I am pregnant, what type of doctor should I see?

Is preconception genetic diagnosis (PGD) available for Fanconi anemia?

Is prenatal diagnosis available for Fanconi anemia?

How do I avoid getting cancer if I have Fanconi anemia?

Where can I find reliable information about Fanconi anemia online?

If I have Fanconi anemia, what types of cancer am I at risk for?

People with Fanconi anemia (FA) are at an increased risk for a type of cancer called acute myeloid leukemia (AML), as well as other tumors of the head, neck, skin, gastrointestinal system, or genital tract.

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When will I die from Fanconi anemia?

No one can predict how long any person will with Fanconi anemia (FA) will survive. Each person with FA is unique and might present with different symptoms or the condition. Accoring to cases reported by the Internation Fanconi Anemia Registry, the average life expectancy for people with FA is about 20 to 30 years. Some patients live into their 30’s, 40’s, and 50’s. It is important to note that anyone can have a different life expectancy than any “average”. New research in FA has improved treatments, which can extend one’s life expectancy.

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If I have Fanconi anemia, can I become pregnant?

People with Fanconi anemia (FA) may have difficulties becoming pregnant, but it is possible to become pregnant.

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  • Alter, B. P., Frissora, C. L., Halperin, D. S., Freedman, M. H., Chitkara, U., Alvarez, E., . . . Auerbach, A. (1991). Fanconi's anaemia and pregnancy. British Journal of Haematology, 410-418.
  • Dalle, J., Huot, C., Duval, M., Rousseau, P., Francoeur, D., Champagne, J., . . . Champagne, M. (2004). Successful pregnancies after bone marrow transplantation for Fanconi anemia. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 1099-1100.
If I have Fanconi anemia, is it risky for me to get pregnant?

There are some risks associated with pregnant if you have Fanconi anemia (FA). There are some reports of women’s FA symptoms becoming worse after becoming pregnant. It is important to discuss the risks associated with becoming pregnant with your doctor.

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  • Alter, B. P., Frissora, C. L., Halperin, D. S., Freedman, M. H., Chitkara, U., Alvarez, E., . . . Auerbach, A. (1991). Fanconi's anaemia and pregnancy. British Journal of Haematology, 410-418.
  • Dalle, J., Huot, C., Duval, M., Rousseau, P., Francoeur, D., Champagne, J., . . . Champagne, M. (2004). Successful pregnancies after bone marrow transplantation for Fanconi anemia. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 1099-1100.
I have Fanconi Anemia and I am pregnant, what type of doctor should I see?

If you have Fanconi Anemia and are pregnant, you might consult a maternal fetal medicine specialist (doctors who manage high-risk pregnancies), a geneticist and/or genetic counselor (to discuss how this condition may be passed on to your children), and a hematologist (to monitor your anemia and blood counts). It may be necessary for you to consult other specialists and you should talk to your doctor about which specialists you should see during your pregnancy.

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  • Alter, B. P., & Kupfer, G. (2013, Feb 7). GeneReviews. Retrieved from Fanconi Anemia: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1401/
  • Alter, B. P., Frissora, C. L., Halperin, D. S., Freedman, M. H., Chitkara, U., Alvarez, E., . . . Auerbach, A. (1991). Fanconi's anaemia and pregnancy. British Journal of Haematology, 410-418.
  • Dalle, J., Huot, C., Duval, M., Rousseau, P., Francoeur, D., Champagne, J., . . . Champagne, M. (2004). Successful pregnancies after bone marrow transplantation for Fanconi anemia. Bone Marrow Transplantation, 1099-1100.
Is preconception genetic diagnosis (PGD) available for Fanconi anemia?

Preconception genetic diagnosis (PGD) is available for Fanconi anemia (FA) if the gene alteration causing FA in the family has been identified.

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Is prenatal diagnosis available for Fanconi anemia?

Prenatal diagnosis is available for Fanconi anemia. Prenatal genetic counselors are available to discuss different prenatal diagnosis options with you. To find genetic counselors in your area, please refer to www.nsgc.org and click "find a genetic counselor".

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  • Alter, B. P., & Kupfer, G. (2013, Feb 7). GeneReviews. Retrieved from Fanconi Anemia: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK1401/
How do I avoid getting cancer if I have Fanconi anemia?

People with Fanconi anemia should avoid smoking, second-hand smoke, and alcohol. Radiographic studies should also be minimized. Talk to your doctor about other things that you should avoid if you have Fanconi anemia.

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Where can I find reliable information about Fanconi anemia online?

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