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If a nursing mother has cancer, would the cancer cells get into the breastmilk and affect her baby?
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In brief: NO
Cancer cells will not pass through milk and baby will not get cancer however physicians will not allow breast feeding during treatment of a nursing mother, as the medications, diagnostic radio isotopes will pass and affect the baby.

In brief: NO
Cancer cells will not pass through milk and baby will not get cancer however physicians will not allow breast feeding during treatment of a nursing mother, as the medications, diagnostic radio isotopes will pass and affect the baby.
Dr. Addagada Rao
Dr. Addagada Rao
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Dr. Liawaty Ho
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
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In brief: Chemo excretion
As a general rule, breast feeding should be avoided in women while receiving chemotherapy/systemic treatment for cancer-not so much about the cancer cells get into the breast milk- however due to many chemo ( especially alkylating agents) are excreted in the beast milk and would harm the baby.

In brief: Chemo excretion
As a general rule, breast feeding should be avoided in women while receiving chemotherapy/systemic treatment for cancer-not so much about the cancer cells get into the breast milk- however due to many chemo ( especially alkylating agents) are excreted in the beast milk and would harm the baby.
Dr. Liawaty Ho
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Dr. Pierrette Mimi Poinsett
More to the answer. Depends upon the med protocol used, length of treatment. Dr. Thomas Hale pharmacologist of Infant Risk has done extensive study of drug interactions in breastfeeding. Also Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine is another great source of evidenced based information.
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