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My mom had estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, should I be taking birth control or getting pregnant?
17 doctors weighed in

Dr. Joseph Woods
Pathology
8 doctors agree
In brief: It is your choice.
Even a family history of breast cancer should not stop you from having kids, especially if you are healthy and cancer free.
There are also several treatment options for estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, like tamoxifen. Birth control is, of course, an option if you do not feel ready to have children yet, regardless of your family history. Get counseling from your doctor to be sure.

In brief: It is your choice.
Even a family history of breast cancer should not stop you from having kids, especially if you are healthy and cancer free.
There are also several treatment options for estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer, like tamoxifen. Birth control is, of course, an option if you do not feel ready to have children yet, regardless of your family history. Get counseling from your doctor to be sure.
Dr. Joseph Woods
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Dr. Barry Rosen
Surgery
4 doctors agree
In brief: Either/Or
People with estrogen-receptor (+) breast cancer should avoid using exogenous estrogen like bcps and may be on meds such as tamoxifen during which pregnancy should be avoided.
However, offspring of breast cancer patients have no restrictions in that regard.

In brief: Either/Or
People with estrogen-receptor (+) breast cancer should avoid using exogenous estrogen like bcps and may be on meds such as tamoxifen during which pregnancy should be avoided.
However, offspring of breast cancer patients have no restrictions in that regard.
Dr. Barry Rosen
Dr. Barry Rosen
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Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Wow! Mom's
Cancer weakly influences your choices.
It may be that many cycles of estrogen (fewer pregnancies) correlates with breast cancer, but pregnancy and children are comitments that last, filled with joy and sometimes pain. Er+ provides a route for therapy for mom, not a directive to you. We think post menopausal estrogen increases risk, but some need it!

In brief: Wow! Mom's
Cancer weakly influences your choices.
It may be that many cycles of estrogen (fewer pregnancies) correlates with breast cancer, but pregnancy and children are comitments that last, filled with joy and sometimes pain. Er+ provides a route for therapy for mom, not a directive to you. We think post menopausal estrogen increases risk, but some need it!
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
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