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Breast Cancer during Pregnancy

General Information About Breast Cancer Treatment During Pregnancy


  • Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant (cancer) cells form in the tissues of the breast.
  • Sometimes breast cancer occurs in women who are pregnant or have just given birth.
  • Signs of breast cancer include a lump or change in the breast.
  • It may be difficult to detect (find) breast cancer early in pregnant or nursing women.
  • Breast exams should be part of prenatal and postnatal care.
  • Tests that examine the breasts are used to diagnose breast cancer.
  • If cancer is found, tests are done to study the cancer cells.
  • Certain factors affect prognosis (chance of recovery) and treatment options.