Breast Cancer and the Pregnant Pause

Breast cancer can occur in some women of childbearing age. If you are one of them and would like to keep your options open about pregnancy one day, now is the time to speak with your doctor – preferably before breast cancer treatment begins. The good news is that pregnancy is absolutely possible after breast cancer, but there are many medical things to consider such as: potential fertility issues due to radiation treatments, breast cancer recurrence during pregnancy, how long to wait before trying to become pregnant and breastfeeding concerns among others.

The research is in your favor:

According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), “There is no proof that a woman’s past breast cancer has any direct effect on her baby. Researchers have found no increased rate of birth defects or other long-term health concerns in children born to women who have had breast cancer…”

Additionally, Comprehensive Breast Care shares more ACS research:  Article date: 1999/08/26: “A new 15-year study gives hope to young women with breast cancer who want to have children. The research suggests pregnancy after successful treatment of breast cancer does not increase risk of recurrence or death, particularly among women with disease confined to the breast…”

Remember to speak with your doctor to find out your best options for having a baby after breast cancer. You can also check out these helpful resources:

Comprehensive Breast Care – Pregnancy after breast cancer

American Cancer Society – Pregnancy after breast cancer

BreastCancer.org – Fertility and Pregnancy Issues During and After Breast Cancer

Cancer Research UK – Breast cancer during pregnancy

Holy Redeemer Maternity Care

Holy Redeemer Breast Cancer Support Groups

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