Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages
Subchapter: 8 - Breast Cancer During Pregnancy
Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy have tremendous additional strain due to concern for the safety of the unborn child. It is a traumatic and extremely difficult situation, but there is still hope because of the many treatment options available. If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed, be sure to communicate information about your pregnancy to your doctor. Your medical team will take extra care in designing the treatment plan that best controls the breast cancer while protecting your unborn child.
Your treatment plan will depend on the size of the tumor, its location, and the term of your pregnancy. As with women who are not pregnant, surgery is the first step for treating early-stage breast cancer. Surgery during pregnancy carries little risk to your unborn child, so your medical team will most likely proceed by removing the lump, and possibly some lymph nodes from under the arm, with a lumpectomy or mastectomy.
Chemotherapy may be a treatment option, depending on your cancer type and the stage of your pregnancy. The effects of hormone therapy on unborn children is not entirely understood; because of this, if hormone therapy is prescribed, it will most likely be used only after the baby is born.
Although the cancer cannot spread to and harm the unborn child, sometimes the best treatment plan for the mother may put the unborn child at risk. These decisions will require the expertise and consultation between your obstetrician, surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist. You will also need the emotional support of family and friends and may benefit from the professional assistance of a skilled counselor or psychologist.
Asked by anonymousSurvivor since 2014
You are so brave and strong. I have been inspired by your attitude and words. Thank youComment 0
Sheesh, Penny. Like a cat, it seems you have nine lives!! I have never heard of such a thing not have I ever met someone who has survived all those cancers. Clearly, someone is on your side!! Breast cancer is beatable and if you beat all those other nasty beasts, BC will be a cake walk. ...
Sheesh, Penny. Like a cat, it seems you have nine lives!! I have never heard of such a thing not have I ever met someone who has survived all those cancers. Clearly, someone is on your side!! Breast cancer is beatable and if you beat all those other nasty beasts, BC will be a cake walk. WE're all here for support, answers, encouragement, b#tch fests, whatever. Stay strong!!
Asked by anonymousStage 3A Patient
Asked by anonymous
I had Invasive Lobular Carcinoma. The cancer is in the breast tissue instead of the ducts. Lobular also doesn't make a lump it's more like a mound of spaghetti. It is not a common kind of breast cancer.Comment 1
Check out the videos on this site as they cover things regarding breast cancer and if you can't find it there just put "lobular carcinoma" in a search engine and something should pop up to explain it.Comment 0
Asked by anonymousLearning About Breast Cancer
You have had MORE than your share of seeing doctors! I wouldn't worry about the lag time between your heart surgery and chemo. They had to take care of this heart condition first as it probably had priority over everything else. Thankfully, your oncologist has to order these...
You have had MORE than your share of seeing doctors! I wouldn't worry about the lag time between your heart surgery and chemo. They had to take care of this heart condition first as it probably had priority over everything else. Thankfully, your oncologist has to order these pre-chemo tests of your heart because chemo can occasionally effect your heart. So glad it is taken care of. Not knowing anything about your breast cancer, I am just taking a guess with my following bla-bla..... Your cancer was, basically, removed with the double mastectomy. The chemotherapy, goes in and cleans up cancer cells that may be left behind. Your team of doctor's probably felt the heart condition had precedent over the start of your chemotherapy. Sylvia, you need to talk to your oncologist's office about your question. You need peace of mind while you are healing from your heart surgery. Hang in there, healing hugs from all of us. Take care, Sharon
Talk to your doctor about your concerns. Rest and get well your will need your strenght for chemo.Comment 1
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