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Breast Cancer Treatment and Pregnancy (PDQ®): Treatment - Patient Information [NCI] - Treatment Options by Stage

Early Stage Breast Cancer (Stage I and Stage II)

Treatment of early stage breast cancer (stage I and stage II) may be surgery followed by adjuvant therapy as follows:

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  • Modified radical mastectomy.
  • Breast-conserving surgery: Lumpectomy, partial mastectomy or segmental mastectomy.
  • Breast-conserving surgery during pregnancy followed by radiation therapy after the baby is born.
  • Surgery during pregnancy followed by chemotherapy after the first 3 months of pregnancy.
  • Clinical trials of surgery followed by hormone therapy with or without chemotherapy.

Late Stage Breast Cancer (Stage III and Stage IV)

Treatment of late stage breast cancer (stage III and stage IV) may include the following:

  • Radiation therapy.
  • Chemotherapy.

Radiation therapy and chemotherapy should not be given during the first 3 months of pregnancy.

    This information is produced and provided by the National Cancer Institute (NCI). The information in this topic may have changed since it was written. For the most current information, contact the National Cancer Institute via the Internet web site at http:// cancer .gov or call 1-800-4-CANCER.

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    Last Updated: September 04, 2014
    This information is not intended to replace the advice of a doctor. Healthwise disclaims any liability for the decisions you make based on this information.
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