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Extra special Mother's Day

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NEW YORK, NY (CBS) -

Sarah Mital is grateful for her little girl Sasha and her own health this Mother's Day.

In November she and her husband received shocking news.

“We found out we were having a baby with a home pregnancy test and a week later found out that I had cancer,” said Mital.

The 34-year-old needed a series of scans right away which involve radiation.

Dr. Sharon Rosenbaum Smith with Mount Sinai West helped treat Mital.

“We decided after weighing the risks and benefits that it would be more beneficial to get the mammogram. So we shielded the baby.”

Scans showed cancer in both breasts. Dr. Rosenbaum Smith says many treatments are safe for pregnant women, but it’s best to wait until after the first trimester.

“There are certain ones you cannot give during pregnancy, but there are other chemo regimens that are absolutely safe.”

Sarah had surgery to remove the cancer and then started chemotherapy.

“All the certain things you can’t do when you’re pregnant. You can’t eat fish, eat a hot dog, How can you put chemicals in your body. That’s just crazy,” said Mital.

Sarah finished chemo just before Sasha was born. She still needs radiation she couldn’t have during pregnancy.

“I had really good care and support from my family, so I feel really lucky.”

She’s thankful she was able to get the treatment she needed. And that her baby is perfectly healthy.

“It’s good. It all ends up in this, this little girl.”

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