Pregnancy increases recurrence risk?

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Question from Ellie: Can pregnancy give rise to a recurrence in hormone-receptor-positive breast cancer survivors? What data is available on the subject?
Answers - Kutluk Oktay, M.D. There is really no evidence that receptor-positive patients will have higher risk of cancer coming back after pregnancy. Overall, women with breast cancer -- whether receptor-negative or positive -- who become pregnant seem to have similar or better outcomes compared to those who did not get pregnant.
Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. It's important to say that these are women who were successfully treated for their cancer, had no evidence of the disease, and then got pregnant.

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.

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