Challenges for pregnant women battling breast cancer

Challenges for pregnant women battling breast cancer


YOU NEED TO SPEAK UP FOR YOUR HEALTH. TONIGHT WE’RE PUTTING A SMALL BUT SPECIAL GROUP OF CANCER PATIENTS IN FOCUS, THOSE WHO ARE PREGNANT. COMING UP ON THE NEWSED TONIGHT AT 11:00 YOU’RE GOING TO MEET A WOMAN WHO LEARNED OF HER CANCER DIAGNOSIS AND WITHIN TWO WEEKS FOUND OUT SHE WAS EXPECTING A BABY. WE ARE JOINED AGAIN BIT MEDICAL ONCOLOGIST AND HEMATOLOGIST WITH MED STAR HEALTH CANCER NETWORK. YOU FIND OUT YOU HAVE BREAST CANCER AND THEN TWO WEEKS LATER YOU FIND OUT YOU’RE HAVING A CHILD. SHOULD WE BE JUMPING OUT OF A WINDOW? NO, ACTUALLY THERE ARE TREATMENTS AVAILABLE, SO IT IS A HAIR OWING EXPERIENCE WHEN SOMEBODY — HARROWING EXPERIENCE WHEN SOMEBODY TELLS YOU THERE IS A LIFE INSIDE YOU AND YOU HAVE CANCER. THERE ARE TREATMENT OPTIONS AVAILABLE. WHEN DOES THE TREATMENT START AFTER THE BABY’S BORN? NO WE DON’T WAIT TILL THE BABY’S BORN. IT DEPENDS A LOT ON THE STAGE OF THE CANCER, THE TYPE OF CANCER, HOW FAR SHE’S PREGNANT, AND THE WISHES OF THE FAMILY AND THE WOMAN HERSELF. SO MOST OF THE TIME, DEPENDING ON THE STAGE, WE MAY BE ABLE TO OFFER SURGERY IN ANY TRIMESTER OF PREGNANCY AND THEN THEME OWE THERAPY MAY BE ABLE TO BE DONE IN SECOND TRIMESTER TO EARLY THIRD TRIMESTER, NOT LATE THIRD MESTER BECAUSE YOU DON’T WANT THE COUNTS TO BE DROPPING BECAUSE YOU GET RISK FOR INFECTION, BUT, YES, THERE ARE OPTIONS AVAILABLE WHILE THE PATIENT IS PREGNANT. WE MAY NOT BE ABLE TO DO CERTAIN CHEMOTHERAPIES WHILE YOU’RE PREGNANT BECAUSE WE’RE NOT SAFE FOR THE BABY BUT YOU CAN CHOOSE OTHER TREATMENTS. THE BIG THING IS THAT SINCE THE MOTHER HAS THE BREAST CANCER, IT IS NOT PASSED DOWN TO THE BABY. NO IT DOESN’T. I MEAN THERE IS NO DATA AND THERE ARE NO CASE REPORTS TO SAY THAT THE CANCER CELL CAN TRAVEL DOWN THROUGH THE PLACENTA AND GO TO THE BABY. THE BABY IS PERFECTLY SAFE AND PROTECTED FROM THE CANCER THE MOTHER HAS. EXPLAIN THE DIFFERENCE WHEN LATER IN LIFE WHEN THE MOTHER HAS BREAST CANCER THEN THE DAUGHTER TAKES STEPS TO GET RID OF IT. SO THIS IS NOT THE CIRCULATING TUMOR CELLS THAT WE’RE TALKING ABOUT. THE DAUGHTER DEVELOPS BREAST CANCER BECAUSE THERE IS AN INCREASED RISK BECAUSE OF THE GENETICS. YOU MAY HAVE ACQUIRED SOME GENES WHICH MAY HAVE PASSED DOWN FROM ONE FAMILY MEMBER FROM YOUR MOM OR DAD TO YOU. SO THE RISK FOR BREAST CANCER DOWN THE LINE IS HIGHER FOR THE CHILD. FOR THE DAUGHTER OR THE SON. IS IT POSSIBLE TO BREAST FEED WHILE HAVING BREAST CANCER? SO YOU MAY NOT BE ABLE TO BREAST FEED WHILE YOU’RE GETTING CHEMOTHERAPY OR WHILE YOU’RE GETTING HORMONAL THERAPY FOR BREAST CANCER, BUT IF YOU’VE HAD BREAST CANCER IN THE PAST, YOU’VE HAD A PARTIAL LUMPECTOMY WHERE ONLY PART OF THE BREAST HAS BEEN REMOVED WHICH WAS SOME TIME AGO, YOU WILL BE ABLE TO BREAST FEED. YOU MAY NOT PRODUCE ENOUGH MILK BECAUSE YOU DON’T HAVE ENOUGH BREAST LEFT, BUT YOU CAN BREAST FEED. IT’S GOT TO BE RARE THOUGH, RIGHT? IT IS VERY RARE IT’S 1 IN 3,000 PREGNANCIES. AND IT’S RARE TO DEVELOP CANCER WHEN — WHEN YOU’RE DEVELOPED. THESE

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