Update on Pregnancy Following Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment : The Cancer Journal

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Update on Pregnancy Following Breast Cancer Diagnosis and Treatment

Perachino, Marta MD∗,†; Poggio, Francesca MD; Arecco, Luca MD∗,†; Blondeaux, Eva MD; Spinaci, Stefano MD§; Marrocco, Camilla PhD; Levaggi, Alessia MD; Lambertini, Matteo MD, PhD∗,†

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The Cancer Journal 28(3):p 176-182, 5/6 2022. | DOI: 10.1097/PPO.0000000000000599


Survivorship has become a crucial component in breast cancer care. For women who have not completed their family planning, conceiving at the end of anticancer treatments should not be discouraged but might be challenging. Oncofertility counseling should be offered at the time of diagnosis to all patients, in order to inform them about the potential treatment-induced gonadotoxicity as well as the available strategies for fertility preservation, thus allowing to increase the chances of a future pregnancy. This article reports an updated overview on the current state of the art on pregnancy in women with prior breast cancer diagnosis and treatment, with a main focus on the issues faced by patients with history of hormone receptor–positive disease and BRCA carriers.

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