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Can you have surgery for breast cancer if you are pregnant?

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Surgery, in general, is safe during any trimester of pregnancy. If the cancer is still in its early stages, your doctor will most likely recommend removing either the suspicious lump (lumpectomy) or the entire breast (mastectomy). If you're in the first or second trimester, a mastectomy is the preferred surgery. Lumpectomy is usually an option for women diagnosed in the third trimester. Radiation therapy usually doesn’t start until after pregnancy because it can harm the baby.

From: Breast Cancer and Pregnancy WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCE: The American Cancer Society. The National Cancer Institute. The Journal of the American Medical Assocation. 


Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 15, 2017

SOURCE: The American Cancer Society. The National Cancer Institute. The Journal of the American Medical Assocation. 


Reviewed by Laura J. Martin on July 15, 2017

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