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Types & Stages

 
Types & Stages

Chapter: 5 - Types & Stages

Subchapter: 8 - Breast Cancer During Pregnancy

Women who are diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy have tremendous additional strain due to concern for the safety of the unborn child. It is a traumatic and extremely difficult situation, but there is still hope because of the many treatment options available. If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed, be sure to communicate information about your pregnancy to your doctor. Your medical team will take extra care in designing the treatment plan that best controls the breast cancer while protecting your unborn child.

Your treatment plan will depend on the size of the tumor, its location, and the term of your pregnancy. As with women who are not pregnant, surgery is the first step for treating early-stage breast cancer. Surgery during pregnancy carries little risk to your unborn child, so your medical team will most likely proceed by removing the lump, and possibly some lymph nodes from under the arm, with a lumpectomy or mastectomy.

Chemotherapy may be a treatment option, depending on your cancer type and the stage of your pregnancy. The effects of hormone therapy on unborn children is not entirely understood; because of this, if hormone therapy is prescribed, it will most likely be used only after the baby is born.

Although the cancer cannot spread to and harm the unborn child, sometimes the best treatment plan for the mother may put the unborn child at risk. These decisions will require the expertise and consultation between your obstetrician, surgeon, medical oncologist, and radiation oncologist. You will also need the emotional support of family and friends and may benefit from the professional assistance of a skilled counselor or psychologist.

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    What is more dangerous lobular or ductile?

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    about 5 years 4 answers
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    • Mandana K. Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      Ductile or Lobular carcinoma of breast are types of breast cancer that pathologist report ,but dangerous of cancer depends on many thing ,size of tumor ,which receptors it has,what about nodes in axillary fossa and many other thing.Lobular breast cancer I think in 30% is bilateral .

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    • Sharon Danielson Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2007

      Lobular....it is tougher to diagnose and is probably found at a later stage. No doubt about it, They can both be dangerous.

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    Does having a pregnancy after the age of 43 increase the risks of breast cancer?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    about 8 years 5 answers
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    • Miriam michael Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years of been married. My husband and I have been seeing fertility specialist We have done our best but no luck,My husband has a sperm count which goes up and down,My friend recommended a pregnancy product to me of Iya Hindi root and herbs; I applied all...

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      I have been trying to get pregnant for 2 years of been married. My husband and I have been seeing fertility specialist We have done our best but no luck,My husband has a sperm count which goes up and down,My friend recommended a pregnancy product to me of Iya Hindi root and herbs; I applied all the methods and technique step by step as mention in the Herbs. Within 2 weeks i am pregnant naturally without any medicine, If you looking for natural pregnancy without medicine you can use this: hindinative@yahoo.com .or WhatsApp.+19145295224 .

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    • courtney byrd Profile
      anonymous
      Learning About Breast Cancer

      I want to use this means to let the world know that all hope is not lost Getting pregnant after having tubes clamped and burned, I know IVF and Reversal could help but it way too cost, i couldn't afford it either and i so desire to add another baby to my family been trying for 5 years, not until...

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      I want to use this means to let the world know that all hope is not lost Getting pregnant after having tubes clamped and burned, I know IVF and Reversal could help but it way too cost, i couldn't afford it either and i so desire to add another baby to my family been trying for 5 years, not until i came across Priest Babaka, who cast a pregnancy/Fertility spell for me and i got pregnant.l hope that women out there who are going through the same fears and worries l went through in GETTING PREGNANT , will find your contact as i drop it here on this site, and solution will come to them as they contact you. Thank you and God bless you to reach him email via: babaka.wolf@gmail.com or facebook at priestly.babaka

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  • anonymous Profile

    i was just diagnosed with high grade DCIS. what are the chances that it has become invasive?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 7 years 2 answers
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      anonymous
      Survivor since 2012

      Hi A, I believe if you have been diagnosed insitu that it is not invasive but must be treated so that it does not become invasive. Be sure to ask your doctor ALL of your questions. Jo

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    • Anne Marie jacintho Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2003

      From my own personal experience was diagnosed with DCIS with mico invasive cells after final pathology report. So it is possible to have DCIS with invasive cells

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  • Stacey Blumberg Profile

    I have cording from my axillary LN incision down my forearm, and it is creating a lot of discomfort. I start PT today. Has anyone had this and do you know how long it typically takes to resolve?

    Asked by anonymous

    Learning About Breast Cancer
    over 2 years 3 answers
    • Betti A Profile
      anonymous
      Survivor since 2013

      I had some mild cording in my axilla post mastectomy and lymph node dissection. I was sent to an OT who specializes in such things. She had me scheduled twice a week for 5 weeks and did some exercises and massaging of the area and showed me what to do at home. I ended up only needing 3- 4...

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      I had some mild cording in my axilla post mastectomy and lymph node dissection. I was sent to an OT who specializes in such things. She had me scheduled twice a week for 5 weeks and did some exercises and massaging of the area and showed me what to do at home. I ended up only needing 3- 4 weeks and haven't had any issues since and mine was only in my axilla not down my arm. Not all PTs know what is needed and that's why I was sent to an OT.

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    • Jody F. Profile
      anonymous
      stage_3a Patient

      I had cording . Saw PT that specialized in it. She broke most of it up in one visit, but I still felt it week later and went back. Gone after 2 sessions. She also taught me how to do lymph drainage.

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