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Pregnant Women With Breast Cancer More Likely To End Up Cancer-Free

Oct 4, 2010 at 12:00 AM Chime in now

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Lisa Milbrand, iVillage.ca

There may be a silver lining in getting a breast cancer diagnosis during pregnancy. New research presented at the 2010 Breast Cancer Symposium shows that pregnant women who have breast cancer are more likely to beat the disease than their non-pregnant counterparts.

The research, from the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, tracked women of the same age and stage of breast cancer who used the same treatment protocol -- 75 were pregnant, 150 were not. About 74 percent of the pregnant group were alive and cancer-free after five years, while only 56 percent of the nonpregnant group had those same glowing results.

Researchers aren’t sure why pregnant women fared so well -- whether pregnancy improved the response to the chemotherapy, or the treatments themselves were more aggressive for the pregnant patients -- but determining the secret to their success is a top priority.

And it’ll help pregnant cancer patients breathe a little easier about their diagnosis.

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