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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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  • Unknown Unknown Profile

    My mom is having a double mastectomy with reconstructive surgery on Tuesday. Any recommendations on what to pack and how I can support her the best way possible?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    almost 8 years 5 answers
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    • Kathy M Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Pack loose button up or zip up shirts. Bring a pillow for the drive home that can get bumpy and uncomfortable. Check to see if she will be given a surgical bra that will hold the drains. It makes things a lot easier. Most of all your love and support. Your mom is in my thoughts and prayers.

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    • Natasha Nunnally Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Pack your patience and understanding. I had a bilateral mastectomy about 30 days ago, and my Aunt has been so wonderful and supportive just being here by my side and helping me through all the difficult time. Try not to leave your mom's side. Make sure someone is there at the hospital with her...

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      Pack your patience and understanding. I had a bilateral mastectomy about 30 days ago, and my Aunt has been so wonderful and supportive just being here by my side and helping me through all the difficult time. Try not to leave your mom's side. Make sure someone is there at the hospital with her especially at night cause that's when real emotion start to set in. I will keep your family in my prayers.

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  • Christina  Swanson  Profile

    Why would a doctor recommend having a biopsy?

    Asked by anonymous

    Family Member or Loved One
    over 8 years 2 answers
    • Jo Ann Timberlake Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2009

      A doctor will recommend a biopsy if they detect a suspicious place on the breast that they are not able to sufficiently identiy as nonthreatening through such diagnostic procedures as a mammogram or sonigram.

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      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

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    Do i have to go through both chemo and radiation? What if if i don't want to do either one? Is there a such thing as just to do a lumpectomy and that should be it?

    Asked by anonymous

    Patient
    about 7 years 5 answers
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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Anonymous,
      Nobody wants to go through the treatment for breast cancer. It is lousy.... to say the least. I think you are still going through the shock of discovery and you want to not have to face the prospect of what is ahead of you. This is completely understandable. As far as your...

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      Anonymous,
      Nobody wants to go through the treatment for breast cancer. It is lousy.... to say the least. I think you are still going through the shock of discovery and you want to not have to face the prospect of what is ahead of you. This is completely understandable. As far as your treatment goes, it all depends on many factors yet to be found. No two treatment plans are the same. It really has to do with the type of breast cancer, stage, grade, ER, PR, oncoDX, your age, etc. Each woman's cancer is different as will be the treatment course. We would all wished the same... a little surgery and get on with your life. What you are going to find are options for the best way of treating this disease. If, after you hear the treatment plan, you are not satisfied, get a second opinion. We all go through the shock of hearing this terrifying diagnosis. Breast cancer is a formidable opponent. It is nothing to be trivialized. You want to beat this thing and never have to face it again in your life. Reoccurrences happen.... and that is why you want to kick breast cancer in the butt right now while you have the best chance. We are all here for you with our support, our experiences, and our advice. Hang in there... and take care, Sharon

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    • Diane Washington Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Yes it is necessary its not a great thought. But living is it also give a greater chance of living and cancer not returning. They base treatment on what stage you come in with. Not as the way you end up. I felt the Same i was fighting and kicking the whole process but chemo. Behind now 28...

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      Yes it is necessary its not a great thought. But living is it also give a greater chance of living and cancer not returning. They base treatment on what stage you come in with. Not as the way you end up. I felt the Same i was fighting and kicking the whole process but chemo. Behind now 28 treatments of radiation left I have taken two , but I am alive Lumpectomy are great but the steps chemotherapy, radiation is what kills all that that surgery don't get.

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    Hi everyone! I'm going for recontruction surgery today after lumpectomy. I'm kind of scared but positive. My parh rep after node surgery and lumpectomy showed chemo was100% effective. Smiles, jayme

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 5 answers
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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      Another walk down the road of recovery. Prayers are with you.

      1 comment
    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Jayme! YOU GO GIRL! Fabulous news and getting on with life. Each step is another leap back to normal. YAHOOOO! We celebrate with you.
      Take care, Sharon

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