Breast Cancer Pregnancy

Pregnancy after breast cancer treatment

Breast cancer for a young woman who wants to have children is one of the most agonizing situations in oncology. But there's hope. A new study by researchers at the M.D. Anderson Cancer Center , Houston , found that women who became pregnant following breast cancer treatment did not have an increased risk of recurrence or a higher death rate than breast cancer survivors who did not become pregnant. "This study is important as it gives us some further reassurance that if a patient wants to become pregnant and has talked about it with her oncologist to assess her individual factors, that it may be reasonable," said Karen Gelmon, M.D., FRCPC, Head of the British Columbia Breast Tumor Group and Clinical Professor of Medicine, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada.

TBS Editor's Note: There is a new national Canadian support group for young women living with breast cancer called The Young and The Breastless. Check out their website at www.theyoungandthebreastless for information about their upcoming conference.

Source: Business Wire Media Release.

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