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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

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.

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  • Rachelle W Profile

    What to expect after bilateral mastectomy? Would really like to hear others experience. My surgery is scheduled for 8/27.

    Asked by anonymous

    Survivor since 2014
    over 5 years 6 answers
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    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had bilateral mastectomy near 6 months ago,I myself wanted it,I had only one darn ,I was not uncomfortable with it.I had pain but it was tolerable,after 3-4 days I could walking alone.After one week I could going to bath (my husband helped me).I remember I went to Bone Scan Center and CT Scan...

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      I had bilateral mastectomy near 6 months ago,I myself wanted it,I had only one darn ,I was not uncomfortable with it.I had pain but it was tolerable,after 3-4 days I could walking alone.After one week I could going to bath (my husband helped me).I remember I went to Bone Scan Center and CT Scan after 2 weeks but at that time I walked slowly and I could not elevate my shoulders.After one months I was OK.I myself went for chemotherapy .It is not so bad u can tolerate ,but someone should help u for near 2 weeks.Take care

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. The reconstruction is what made it so painful. Stayed in hospital overnight & my hospital was awesome. I had 1 drain on each side & hospital gave me 2 new bras that held them. They were in for a week or until the fluid drains to 5cc for...

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      I had a double mastectomy with immediate reconstruction. The reconstruction is what made it so painful. Stayed in hospital overnight & my hospital was awesome. I had 1 drain on each side & hospital gave me 2 new bras that held them. They were in for a week or until the fluid drains to 5cc for whole days time. It was painless to remove them. My husband cleaned & measured fluids. Nurse taught great excercises to stretch muscles which helped tremendously. I used pain Meds for 1 week. It was tough looking in mirror @ first but after a few days I embraced my new look & kept it moving. My husbands encouragement & kindness made it easy. I wasn't able to raise my arms so hubby had to bathe me, cook, clean & everything in between. Love him
      I was put on Tamoxifen & had no side effects. Once pain subsides & u adjust to your new look you'll be fine. PRAYERS TOO YOU

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    What is mucinous carcinoma?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 8 years Answer
  • Stacie Foster Profile

    Has anyone experienced green colored drainage after having a lump removed? I had a benign lump removed 6 years ago and I'm going in tomorrow to have a diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound, then a biopsy.

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 2 answers
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Hi Stacie,

      I haven't it but being curious about this I looked it up. Besides the obvious awful things we all fear, it could be mammary duct ectasia, a benign condition. It happens to women in their 40's & 50's. You doctor is being pro-active to refer you for a mammogram and ultrasound. ...

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      Hi Stacie,

      I haven't it but being curious about this I looked it up. Besides the obvious awful things we all fear, it could be mammary duct ectasia, a benign condition. It happens to women in their 40's & 50's. You doctor is being pro-active to refer you for a mammogram and ultrasound. Please keep us posted....prayers and positive thoughts for a benign report.
      Take care, Sharon

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    • valerie dunn Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Hi Stacie. I have had the green drainage off and on since I was 22. I have always been fibrous and dense in my tissue. I am now 49. After my hysterectomy the green drainage returned. The doctor tested it and it was fine. Now several years later I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I do not...

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      Hi Stacie. I have had the green drainage off and on since I was 22. I have always been fibrous and dense in my tissue. I am now 49. After my hysterectomy the green drainage returned. The doctor tested it and it was fine. Now several years later I have been diagnosed with breast cancer. I do not think it has anything to do with the green drainage, but until they said breast cancer I did not know drainage was or could be a symptom. Again, I do not think one has to do with the other. Best of luck. You'll be in my prayers.

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    If my stereotatic core biopsy results in further surgery, how much time is normal between biopsy and surgery?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 7 years 4 answers
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    • André Roberts Profile
      anonymous
      Stage 1 Patient

      It's a matter of scheduling. If your having reconstruction, the 2 Dr's need to coordinate together. Could be a week, or a month. Prayers to you.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      It's really up to you and the schedule of your doctor.

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