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Pregnancy and abortion in breast cancer patients. Two case reports and a literature review.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9472278     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Breast cancer in pregnancy is by itself not an indication for abortion. We document the case histories of 2 patients with breast cancer (recurrent or advanced) who elected to carry pregnancies to term. Pregnancy concurrent with or subsequent to breast cancer is not associated with a worse prognosis than would be observed in non-pregnant women. Treatment for breast cancer may be an indication for abortion, but chemotherapy may be administered to pregnant patients, although it should be avoided in the first trimester if possible. Treatment such as radiotherapy may not be aimed at improving survival and this knowledge may affect a patient's decision regarding abortion. Breast cancer patients undergoing abortion must be aware of the exact indications for the procedure and the difference between medical and social indications.
E M Murray; I D Werner
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  South African medical journal = Suid-Afrikaanse tydskrif vir geneeskunde     Volume:  87     ISSN:  0256-9574     ISO Abbreviation:  S. Afr. Med. J.     Publication Date:  1997 Nov 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1998-03-18     Completed Date:  1998-03-18     Revised Date:  2014-09-12    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0404520     Medline TA:  S Afr Med J     Country:  SOUTH AFRICA    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  1538-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
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MeSH Terms
Abortion, Therapeutic*
Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects,  therapeutic use
Breast Neoplasms / diagnosis,  therapy*
Neoplasm Recurrence, Local / diagnosis,  therapy
Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic / diagnosis,  therapy*
Pregnancy Outcome
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antineoplastic Agents
Comment In:
S Afr Med J. 1998 Feb;88(2):155   [PMID:  9717502 ]

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