Breast Cancer and Pregnancy: Conception Possible after Treatment

Tuesday, October 2nd, 2007
This post was written by Melanie Matthews

Despite toxic chemotherapy regimens that can mess with ovarian function, it is possible – and safe – for many women to conceive after breast cancer treatment, according to Daniel F. Hayes, M.D., clinical director of the breast oncology program at the University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center.

About breast cancer:

  • 180,510 Americans will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year.
  • 40,910 Americans will die from breast cancer this year. It is the third-leading cause of cancer death for women in the United States.
  • When caught in its earliest stages, breast cancer can be cured in 80 percent of women.
  • Yearly mammograms are recommended for all women older than 50.
  • Never ignore a lump or change in the look or feel of your breast.
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