Perhaps some of the the hardest parts of a breast cancer diagnosis are the changes that women must make to their normal lives. But new research offers hope, suggesting that breast cancer survivors can become pregnant without facing a higher risk that the disease will recur.
Doctors have previously expressed concern that soaring estrogen levels during pregnancy could spark the return of some types of breast cancers that are fuelled by the hormone in women who have already fought the disease, CTV News reports.
However, research presented on Friday at the European Breast Cancer Conference in Barcelona, revealed that pregnancy in breast cancer survivors is not likely linked with the recurrence of the disease.
"This work may result in improving the quality of life of millions of young women who finish their adjuvant breast cancer therapy and want to get pregnant," Dr Hatem Azim, of the Institute Jules Bordet in Belgium, told the news source.
Azim and his colleagues now plan to refine their study to determine how soon after a breast cancer diagnosis it is safe for women to become pregnant.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among women, affecting about 192,000 American women each year, according to the National Cancer Institute.