What questions should I ask?
- What are my treatment options for my stage of pregnancy/stage of cancer?
- Is there a risk to my baby because of these treatments?
- Can I delay treatment until after the birth? Why or why not?
- What is the likelihood that my cancer will advance with delayed treatment?
- When can I get pregnant after treatment?
- Am I a candidate for in vitro fertilization?
- Can I breastfeed my baby?
- Can you recommend a genetic counselor?
More and more research is being done every year on the subject of breast cancer and pregnancy with the hope that soon women will have more options open to them. If you are diagnosed during pregnancy or have a child after a breast cancer diagnosis, you may want to consider participating in a cancer registry which collects information about the diagnosis and treatment of cancer in pregnant women. Dr. Elyce Cardonick, a Maternal Fetal Medicine physician at Cooper University Hospital, collects information about the diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in pregnant women. This information (kept strictly confidential) will help study the effects of a newly diagnosed cancer and treatment, if any, on a concurrent pregnancy. Following the development and behavior of the children after delivery is a long term goal as well. Pregnancy outcomes for cancer survivors is another research goal of this confidential registry.
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