|Actress Christina Applegate gave birth after surviving breast cancer|
New research presented at the eighth European Breast Cancer Conference (EBCC-8) in Vienna yesterday contradicts advice previously given to breast cancer patients that pregnancy could increase the risk of the cancer returning.
“Frequently when women with history of breast cancer become pregnant, some physicians advise them to have an abortion for fear that completing the pregnancy could have a detrimental effect on the outcome of their disease. We found that this was not true and the outcome was similar, irrespective of whether the pregnancy was completed or not,” said Dr. Hatem Azim, a medical oncologist at Jules Bordet Institute in Brussels.
Dr Azim reported that not only is it safe to become pregnant following a breast cancer diagnosis, but that patients who become pregnant appear to survive longer than those who don’t.
“Becoming pregnant at any time following a diagnosis of breast cancer does not increase the risk of recurrence, even if the pregnancy occurs during the first two years after the diagnosis. Furthermore, patients who become pregnant appear to survive longer than those who do not,” Dr Azim stated.