How mother and baby cope with gestational breast cancer

It can be a delicate juggling act, as clinician’s battle to save both the mother and the unborn baby’s life.

Do you undergo chemotherapy while pregnant? Do you wait until you give birth? Will this harm my baby? Are all thoughts that can go through a mothers mind.

New research has looked at the incidence of breast cancer in pregnant women, and examined what treatment they decide to undergo.

The research also asked women who had survived breast cancer in pregnancy about their experiences. The study was funed by the National Breast Cancer Foundation, and Elizabeth Sullivan was one of the authors. Elizabeth is also the Professor of Public Health at the University of Technology Sydney.

Elizabeth started off by explaining how common a first diagnosis of breast cancer is in pregnancy.

Image: Thomas van Ardenne

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