Pregnancy, breastfeeding possible for survivors?

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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.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Easing Breast Cancer Fears featured Marisa Weiss, M.D. answering your questions about managing emotional effects of breast cancer diagnosis and treatment.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in June 2000.

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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