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Breast Cancer and Pregnancy

Reviewed 06/2018
 


BASICS

DESCRIPTION

  • Breast cancer in pregnancy is defined as breast cancer that is diagnosed during pregnancy, during lactation, and up to 12 months postpartum.

  • Breast cancer is the most common malignanc...

DIAGNOSIS

HISTORY

  • Most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass.

  • Any mass in the breast during pregnancy must be investigated.

  • Women may present with breast pain, nipple pain, or nipple disc...

TREATMENT

GENERAL MEASURES

  • Breast cancer during pregnancy should be diagnosed and treated promptly, using many of the same general principles as in the nonpregnant woman.

  • Radiation in breast conservatio...

ONGOING CARE

FOLLOW-UP RECOMMENDATIONS

  • The standard approach for monitoring patients is a physical exam and a review of symptoms ranging from every 3 to every 6 months for the first 2 to 3 years and ev...

REFERENCES

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McMaster J, Dua A, Desai SS, et al. Short term outcomes following breast cancer surgery in pregnant women. Gynecol Oncol.  2014;135(3)539–541. {L-End} [View Abstract on OvidMedline]
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CODES

ICD10

  • O9A.119 Malignant neoplasm complicating pregnancy, unsp trimester

  • C50.919 Malignant neoplasm of unsp site of unspecified female breast

ICD9

  • 648.90 Other current conditions classifiable elsewhe...

CLINICAL PEARLS

  • Any mass in the breast of a pregnant woman must receive the same prompt attention as a mass in a nonpregnant woman.

  • Breast cancers diagnosed during pregnancy more often are diagnosed at...

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