- Question from Taylor: Hi. I am 34 years old and have HER2-positive cancer. I am taking Herceptin until next March. I do want to have a baby after I am done. How soon can I get pregnant?
- Answers - Kutluk Oktay, M.D. Again, studies have not shown any increased risk of breast cancer in women who conceive as early as 6 months after completion of their treatment for breast cancer. Herceptin (chemical name: trastuzumab) should not be used during pregnancy. Because data only tells us what happens after 6 months after completing treatment, I would wait 6 months.
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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