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Myths About Breast Cancer and Pregnancy
Myth: Continuing a pregnancy worsens the odds of survival. Reality: Patients who maintain their pregnancies have the same five-year survival rate as women who terminate them.
Myth: Pregnancy accelerates the cancer. Reality: Most breast cancers in premenopausal women are not estrogen-or progesterone-linked, so pregnancy-related hormone surges do not feed the tumor.
Myth: Chemotherapy causes birth defects. Reality: Small-scale studies show that certain chemo drugs, if taken after the first trimester, do not cause birth defects.
Myth: Pregnancy worsens the side effects of chemo. Reality: For reasons doctors don't understand, most pregnant women on chemo have less nausea and vomiting than non-pregnant patients.
Source: Dr. Richard Theriault and Dr. Karin Gwyn of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center