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Original communication| Volume 48, ISSUE 5, P862-868, November 1960

Carcinoma of the breast followed by pregnancy

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      Abstract

      The cases of 20 women who have been treated for cancer of the breast and who subsequently developed 30 pregnancies are studied and reported. Admittedly, this is a highly select group. In 80 per cent the cancer was stage I when first treated, and in 50 per cent it was less than grade 4 microscopically. Eleven of the women are still living and well. The shortest survival is 9 years, 2 months, as of Dec. 1, 1959. The longest survival is 15 years, 8 months. Neither interrupting the pregnancy nor allowing it to go to term has affected the ultimate outcome of any patient who has had cancer of the breast. Whether interruption of the pregnancy adds to the patient's lifetime cannot be determined from this study or from the available information of the world literature. Under certain circumstances and upon theoretical grounds. I would recommend therapeutic abortion if it is acceptable to the patient.
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