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How soon can I get pregnant after breast cancer?

How soon can I get pregnant after breast cancer?

Need more info: You need to consult with your oncologist and obstetrician. It depends on your stage of breast cancer and how well you have responded to treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Barry Rosen
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Breast Cancer (Female) (Definition)

Breast cancer results when glandular cells lining the milk ducts and lobules of the human breast begin to grow in an unregulated manner. The growth occurs initially inside the ducts but eventually breaks outside into the breast tissue and ultimately spreads both to the lymph nodes in the armpit and via the bloodstream to other parts of the body. Because of the promoting affect of estrogen almost all breast cancer occurs in women and is a rarity in men. The unregulated growth is due to both inherited and acquired genetic defects. It is the most common malignancy in women but it often curable if found early and treated effectively with surgery, hormonal therapy, chemotherapy and targeted therapy, or a combination thereof. Early detection before the malignancy becomes large enough to be felt depends on mammography/sonography and MRI imaging of the breast on an annual basis. ...Read more


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Is it true that breast cancer grows fast in pregnant women?

Is it true that breast cancer grows fast in pregnant women?

Often: The majority of breast cancers are hormone sensitive/dependent. With pregnancy, there are extremely high hormonal levels creating a highly stimulatory environment for a sensitive cancer. This does not mean that everything that changes or appears in the breast is cancer - many benign changes occur in all women and benign lesions cane also appear and grow quickly. Present any concerns to your md. ...Read more

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Can I get my breasts checked for breast cancer while i'm pregnant?

Can I get my breasts checked for breast cancer while i'm pregnant?

Yes: Traditional tests used to diagnose breast cancer are all available during pregnancy, including mammograms, ultrasound, mri, and biopsies. While it is best to avoid radiation exposure during pregnancy, shielding the abdomen during a mammogram is effective. If you are pregnant and find a new lump in your breast, it is important to notify your doctor rather than wait till after you deliver. ...Read more

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Can breast cancer affect a pregnant woman's baby?

Can breast cancer affect a pregnant woman's baby?

Breast cancer: Breast cancer during pregnancy can cause difficulties in treatments. The cancer itself would not affect the fetus. However decisions on surgery, radiation & some forms of chemotherapy can have an affect on a fetus. Need a very detailed review with a medical oncologist and the obstetrician to coordinate care & review risks and options. ...Read more

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Does getting pregnant reduce the chances of getting breast cancer?

Does getting pregnant reduce the chances of getting breast cancer?

Maybe: From an epidemiologic standpoint, women with more children, especially if they had their first pregnancy relatively early in life - develop fewer breast cancers. However, the risk reduction is moderate at best. Better ways to reduce risk: exercise, avoidance of too much alcohol, keeping to a weight that is normal for your height, avoiding high fat foods and too kuch red meat. (and get mammogram. ...Read more

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Can getting pregnant earlier in life reduce the chances of getting breast cancer?

Can getting pregnant earlier in life reduce the chances of getting breast cancer?

Maybe: But it is only one of the minor risk factors considered in the gail risk model for breast cancer. Family history, genetics, age at first menstrual cycle, age at first live childbirth, etc. And pregnancy itself is not the issue, it is having a child born and breast feeding the child to reduce your breast cancer risks. ...Read more

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I read on a site that there are rare chances of having breast cancer in pregnancy. Is the risk higher?

Probably not: Breast cancer may occur during pregnancy but it is unlikely that pregnancy is a risk factor. See this site for more info. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/breastcancer/moreinformation/pregnancy-and-breast-cancer. ...Read more

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What do you advise if i was not recently pregnant nor have i ever been, and I am a teenager age 15, could this possibly be a case of breast cancer?

Don't understand: Hello- i can't see what symptom you are having from your question. Breast cancer at 15 is incredibly rare so i don't think that's what you have. Please see your doctor so that they can examine you and give you clarification about whatever symptom you are having. Good luck. ...Read more

Dr. Barry Rosen
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Cancer (Definition)

Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more


Dr. Katharine Cox
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more