Are pregnancies of women who have survived breast cancer risky?

It is known that women who have had breast cancer have a harder time getting pregnant. Anadolu Health Center Medical Oncology Specialist Prof., who stated that according to the study presented at the breast cancer symposium held every year in San Antonio, USA, breast cancer patients are 60 percent less likely to become pregnant compared to the general population. Dr. Serdar Turhal shared important information about women who survived breast cancer and wanted to become pregnant.

Saying that women who become pregnant after breast cancer treatment have a high risk of premature birth, Anadolu Health Center Medical Oncology Specialist Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal underlines that these women are more likely to need a cesarean section and adds: “Still, most of these women give birth to healthy babies, but these children are at a lower birth weight compared to the general population. This is particularly evident in patients receiving chemotherapy for breast cancer treatment.

Breast cancer patients who are considering getting pregnant should be informed.

Stating that the fact that breast cancer patients become pregnant later on does not affect the course of their breast cancer, Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal said, “These findings were once again confirmed by the observation of Italian researchers at the recent San Antonio breast cancer symposium. Therefore, if young patients diagnosed with breast cancer also have a desire to become pregnant, it would be appropriate to receive support before starting chemotherapy treatment for oncological fertility and to inform the patients about this issue.

Women who survive breast cancer are more likely to have a premature birth

Emphasizing that 39 different studies on this subject were collectively reviewed at the symposium, Medical Oncology Specialist Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal gave the following information about the details of the research: “Of more than 8 million women with breast cancer, 114 thousand had information related to breast cancer and pregnancy. Of these over 114,000 women, more than 7,500 became pregnant after diagnosis. Compared to the general population, breast cancer patients were 60 percent less likely to become pregnant. As a result, a closer look at the pregnancies of these patients showed that the probability of spontaneous abortion was not higher, but the probability of cesarean section was 14 percent higher than in the general population. The probability of low body weight of the newborn baby was increased by 50 percent, and the probability of premature birth increased by 45 percent. The probability of the baby being smaller for gestational age also increased by 16 percent. However, no increase in the risk of any congenital anomaly was observed. No increase in pregnancy complications or bleeding was observed compared to the general population.”

Underlining that there is a pre-observation that pregnancy can contribute to disease-free survival by 27 percent when the information on the survival of mothers is reviewed, Medical Oncology Specialist Prof. Dr. Serdar Turhal said, “Again, there was a 44 percent positive increase in overall survival. “Although these increases in overall survival and disease-free survival require broader validation analyzes, I believe the information here is valuable for individuals who have had breast cancer at a young age and are considering becoming mothers.”

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