Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Breast Cancer in Pregnancy: Chemo OK

Researchers Say Aggressive Treatment Is Safe for the Babies of Pregnant Women
By Salynn Boyles
WebMD Medical News
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

April 18, 2008 -- Facing a diagnosis of breast cancer is challenging enough, but facing breast cancer during pregnancy can be nothing short of devastating.

Can I have chemotherapy? Will the treatment hurt my baby? New research helps to answer these questions, and the findings should serve to reassure patients and their doctors.

In a German study examining outcomes among 122 pregnant breast cancer patients, researchers concluded that pregnant patients can often be treated as aggressively as non-pregnant patients, with little evidence of ill effects to their babies.

The findings were presented this week at the 6th European Breast Cancer Conference in Berlin.

Sibylle Loibl, MD, of the University of Frankfurt, tells WebMD that it is now clear that most pregnant breast cancer patients do have options.

"The evidence now shows that women who are pregnant are often good candidates for standard breast cancer treatments," she says.

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