Pregnancy and ductal cancer?

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Question from Lisa: After a pregnancy, I developed ductal cancer. In your opinion, what should my current and future treatment plan be? Do you think I'm safe to get pregnant again? Could increased prolactin levels have caused my ductal cancer?
Answers - Kathy D. Miller, M.D. It's impossible to give you specific recommendations about your treatment without knowing all of the details of your breast cancer, your previous therapies, and any other health problems you might have. We do know that very high levels of prolactin may increase breast cancers in mice, but we have never been able to find an increased risk of breast cancer associated with prolactin in women.

Deciding whether or not to become pregnant after a diagnosis of breast cancer is always difficult. There is no good suggestion that getting pregnant would increase the risk of recurrence, but based on the features of their tumors, many women may avoid or delay pregnancy because of their risk of having children that they might not be able to raise. This is clearly a difficult and individual decision, and one that will involve long discussions with both your doctor and your partner and family.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Hormone-Receptor-Negative Breast Cancer featured Kathy D. Miller, M.D., Marisa Weiss, M.D., and moderator Jennifer Armstrong, M.D. answering your questions about a wide range of issues related to hormone-receptor-negative breast cancer.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in November 2005.

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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