Emotional advice for pregnant and diagnosed?


Question from nannyfine: Well, I was diagnosed with breast cancer during my 34th week of pregnancy. I am 27 and didn't think I'd get breast cancer this soon. My mother and her sister are both breast cancer survivors. When the baby is born I will have surgery. Any ideas on how I can get through this emotionally? It's tearing me apart.
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. All of us feel for you. At the same time that you are bringing new life into this world, you are worrying about the threat to your own life. Soon you will meet and connect with your own child, which is an amazing, magical moment that many of us have had the privilege of having. Keep your mind on that special thought. Make sure you have a team of doctors that will provide the most effective treatment for you, as quickly as it is safely possible. And, understand that there has been amazing progress in breast cancer treatment, even in the last few years. Breast cancer does not have to be a death sentence. In your family, I am sure it has brought all of you much closer together. Breast cancer during pregnancy, and breast cancer that runs in families, is not necessarily any worse or more life-threatening than cancer in a woman without those factors. We wish you sleep-filled nights, and the chance to experience the joy ahead.

On Wednesday, June 14, 2000, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Easing Breast Cancer Fears. Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about managing emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

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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