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Question from Jhop: What is the risk of recurrence related to pregnancy post-treatment (stage I)? I'm 36 and recognize that there are pregnancy risks based on my age alone, but I can't seem to get a clear sense of whether there is a greater risk of recurrence.
Answers - Lynn Hartmann You're asking a very good question. The studies that have been done of risk of recurrence of breast cancer after pregnancy have been retrospective [surveying the women after the recurrence happened]. They have not shown an increase in risk in women who've had breast cancer and then get pregnant versus women who do not have a subsequent pregnancy. This is certainly a good question to bring up with your oncologist, however.
Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. In my patients who have had breast cancer who choose to pursue pregnancy after their treatment of breast cancer, the recommendations of timing for the pregnancy can certainly vary based upon the stage of the tumor, the treatment, the estrogen or progesterone receptor status and the age of the patient. All of these factors need to be carefully weighed in order for the woman to be able to make a decision about whether or not to get pregnant and the timing of that pregnancy.

This Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Risk Reduction featured Beth Baughman DuPree, M.D., F.A.C.S. and Lynn Hartmann answering your questions about breast cancer risk factors and ways to lower your risk.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in February 2006.

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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