• Question: if one tsiamese twin gets cancer would the other

    Asked by bantaclaus to Barbara, Matt, Ravinder, Sophie, Tristan on 16 Mar 2015.
    • Photo: Sophie Robinson

      Sophie Robinson answered on 16 Mar 2015:

      The answer is it depends on which part of the body they share and whether the cancer had spread to other parts of their body.

      For instance if they shared lungs and they had lung cancer then technically both have lung cancer. Although if they have separate lungs and one has cancer in theirs, the cancer may spread through the blood stream if not caught early enough, and if the twins share a blood stream then technically the cancer will have spread to both their bodies.

    • Photo: Matthew Moore

      Matthew Moore answered on 17 Mar 2015:

      Great question, I suppose it depends how attached they are too! If they’re not that attached and it doesn’t spread then no, otherwise kind of yes?