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Question from FNichol: What advice would you give to a 39-year-old breast cancer survivor (stage II/III, node-negative, 100% ER/PR+) who has had a lumpectomy, radiation, and 2 years of tamoxifen who is considering taking a temporary break from hormonal therapy treatment to become pregnant with her first child?
Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. Well, that's always a difficult situation because most oncologists would say that it's optimal to stay on the tamoxifen for 5 years. But we also know at your age, you're reaching a time when it may be difficult for you to become pregnant, so you may not have 3 years. I think that it would be good for you to sit down with your oncologist and try to get some idea of your personal risks and try to make that very individual decision.

The Ask-the-Expert Online Conference called Fertility and Pregnancy featured Kutluk Oktay, M.D. and Leslie Schover, Ph.D. answering your questions about breast cancer treatments that can affect your fertility, options for preserving your fertility, being treated for breast cancer while pregnant, and more.

Editor's Note: This conference took place in September 2008.

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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