Home Health Parents News Now Quadruplets Born to Cancer Patient Quadruplets Born to Cancer Patient By Holly Lebowitz Rossi October 12, 2012 Advertisement Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print shutterstock_1243847 29946 Multiple-birth pregnancies are often complicated, said Ashley's doctor, Julie Scott, a high-risk obstetrician at the University of Colorado Hospital in Aurora. As a result, Ashley wanted to wait until after the babies were born at 30 weeks to undergo cancer surgery. She delivered one boy and three girls, two of them identical twins, on August 26. Her surgery, a seven-hour procedure that included a thyroidectomy and lymph node removal, took place a few weeks later and was successful. Scott has seen thousands of patients, many with higher-order (three or more fetuses) pregnancies. She said it is not uncommon to diagnose cancer in pregnant women because that's often when they have their first extensive health examinations. What's scary is that the cancer may have been lying untreated -- and spreading -- for years. "Ashley has probably had that cancer for several years, and it went undiagnosed, probably because with her young age," Scott said. "The doctors missed the warning signs." Image: Pregnant belly, via Shutterstock By Holly Lebowitz Rossi Save Pin FB More Tweet Mail Email iphone Send Text Message Print Comments Add a Comment Be the first to comment! Advertisement Close this dialog window Add a comment Quadruplets Born to Cancer Patient Add your comment... Cancel Submit Success! Thanks for adding your feedback.