Las Vegas Anchor Learns About Rare Cancer After Abnormal Pregnancy

By Stephanie Tsoflias Siegel 

For KSNV anchor, Michelle Velez, an abnormal pregnancy led doctors to a cancer diagnosis.

“Last week, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that was caused by an abnormal pregnancy. It’s extremely complicated so I’ll try to make it as easy to understand as possible. Before I do – I want you to know that my kind of cancer is treatable. We have every reason to believe I will recover free and clear,” she said in a Facebook post that explained her absence from the anchor desk.

Velez explained that she had a molar pregnancy. That happens when an non-viable egg implants itself in the uterus.

“Since the placenta is still there, the body mimics a pregnancy and spikes the pregnancy hormone (HCG) to astronomical levels. Essentially it was as if I was pregnant with 5 babies at once. It made me extremely sick and caused excessive bleeding. Normally this can be treated with a surgical procedure to clear the tissue and then we just monitor the HCG levels until they reach zero. However.. In some very rare cases that tissue can turn into cancer.. and spread to other organs in the body. That is what happened to me. No good reason, just unfortunate dumb luck,” she said.

Velez said while doctors caught it early, they’ll need to treat her with chemotherapy to kill the cancer.

You can read more Velez’s journey on her Instagram page.

 

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I’m not exactly sure how to do this so I’m just going to give it to you straight. As many of you know I have been having some health issues the past few months. Honestly, we didn’t exactly know what was wrong until now. Last week, I was diagnosed with a rare form of cancer that was caused by an abnormal pregnancy. It’s extremely complicated so I’ll try to make it as easy to understand as possible. Before I do – I want you to know that my kind of cancer is treatable. We have every reason to believe I will recover free and clear – Just getting to that point is going to be tough. What I had was called a molar pregnancy. It’s a pregnancy that is not viable – meaning a fetus never formed -but instead of miscarrying, the pregnancy continued to grow and produced invasive placental tissue. Since the placenta is still there, the body mimics a pregnancy and spikes the pregnancy hormone (HCG) to astronomical levels. Essentially it was as if I was pregnant with 5 babies at once. It made me extremely sick and caused excessive bleeding. Normally this can be treated with a surgical procedure to clear the tissue and then we just monitor the HCG levels until they reach zero. However.. In some very rare cases that tissue can turn into cancer.. and spread to other organs in the body. That is what happened to me. No good reason, just unfortunate dumb luck. . . Again, The great news is this type of cancer is treatable and my doctors have every reason to believe I will be free and clear at the end of this. The bad news is I have to go through aggressive chemo to kill it. Yes I will probably lose my hair and experience other side effects of chemo. I have already made it through my first two treatments this week. Total number of rounds all depends on how long it takes the HCG levels to get to zero. . . I can’t really put into words what it is like to find out you have cancer.. devastating.. shocking and terrifying for starters – but there’s so much more to this I never understood. I plan to be as open and transparent about this journey as I can – because it’s the only way I know how to be. (Continued in comments)

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