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Pregnant with Breast Cancer

Pregnant with Breast Cancer

Question

Dear OncoLink "Ask The Experts,"

I'm not sure whether I have breast cancer or not, and I also just found out I'm pregnant. Is this going to affect my baby in any way if it happens that I have breast cancer?

Answer

Carolyn Vachani, RN, MSN, AOCN, OncoLink Nurse Educator, responds:

Unfortunately, breast cancer is found in about 1 in every 3000 pregnancies. The good news is that treatments are able to be given, though they will usually wait until after the first trimester, and the babies do just fine. If you do find that it is breast cancer, you will want to be followed by an oncologist who has handled cases in pregnant women if you can- try a big university medical center for at least an opinion. In addition, you will probably want a high risk obstetrician to follow you as well.

Here are a few links that may be helpful:

This question and answer was part of the OncoLink Brown Bag Chat Series, Life After Breast Cancer Webchat. View the entire transcript here.