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Fertility Clinic Referral for Breast Cancer Patients: The Sooner the Better

EllenWarner

by Dr. Ellen Warner, MD, M.Sc., FRCPC, FACP

 

Contrary to long-held myths, we now know from well-designed studies that:

 

  1. Newly diagnosed breast cancer patients don’t just care about surviving breast cancer.  They also want to have normal lives once their treatment is over and retaining the ability to get pregnant is at the top of their agenda.  This is more of an issue now than it was several decades ago because, since women today tend to delay childbearing, many young breast cancer patients haven’t even started let alone completed their families.
  2. Getting pregnant after a breast cancer diagnosis, whether it ends in miscarriage or a healthy live birth, is safe even for patients with hormone sensitive (ER+) tumours.

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