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Journal of Thoracic Disease: Challenges in Managing Breast Cancer During Pregnancy

Pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC) is defined as breast cancer occurring anytime during gestation, lactation or within one year after delivery. The optimal management of pregnant women with breast cancer is challenging and not well established; the main concern is the effect of the drugs on the developing fetus and long-term complications after in utero exposure to anti-cancer drugs.

The American Cancer Society: Pregnancy and Breast Cancer

Having breast cancer during pregnancy is very rare. But more and more women are choosing to have children later in life, and the risk of breast cancer goes up as women get older. Because of this, doctors expect there will be more cases of breast cancer during pregnancy in the future.

Current estimates range anywhere from 1 in every 1,000 to 1 in every 10,000 pregnant women diagnosed with breast cancer every year. And breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or within the first year of delivery. You may hear this called gestational breast cancer or pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC). The special concerns of breast cancer during pregnancy are reviewed here.

Treating Cancer During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times of a woman’s life. Although receiving a cancer diagnosis during this period of time is rare, it can, unfortunately, still happen. It is important for women to remain educated on cancer and how it relates to pregnancy.

Hope for Two Featured on ‘Frankly Speaking About Cancer’ Radio Show

On today’s episode, the Cancer Support Community addresses treating cancer during pregnancy. Kim Thiboldeaux is joined by Patty Murray, Co-founder and Chairwoman of Hope for Two…The Pregnant with Cancer Network, Dr. Elyce Cardonick, an active member of the organization’s Board of Advisors and Lisa Bender, who was diagnosed at age 32 with Stage 2 breast cancer while pregnant with her first child.