Pregnancy, breastfeeding possible for survivors?


Question from kristin: I am a 34 year old 2-year survivor hoping to have children someday. What is the chance of young survivors having a successful pregnancy? Will I be able to breastfeed?
Answers - Marisa Weiss, M.D. If your period returns, then you are almost just as likely as a woman your age without breast cancer, to get pregnant and have a successful pregnancy. You have already made it past the two year "waiting zone"—congratulations! I'm sure it's been a difficult wait. Breast feeding is safe after breast cancer, to you and your baby. If you had radiation to the breast, your breast will not be able to make a significant amount of milk. But it's OK to allow your baby to suckle on that breast, to give your other breast a rest. If you have had a mastectomy, and only have one breast remaining, you will be amazed by how much that one breast can compensate. We wish you luck in this exciting project.

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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