Breast Cancer Treatment & Hair Replacement Options For Pregnant Women

small__4455140588Breast cancer during pregnancy is a rare event.  In fact, according to www.cancer.org, it is diagnosed in about one pregnant woman out of three thousand.  After reading this blog, you’ll understand the different treatment options and what to consider after giving birth.

 

A diagnosis of breast cancer is scary enough, however a diagnosis while pregnant means your treatment plan needs to take into consideration yours and your baby’s life.  The treatment plan essentially depends on the stage of pregnancy:

 

First Trimester

Neither chemo nor radiation therapy are recommended during the first three months of pregnancy.  Radiation therapy has been proven to increase the risk of birth defects, so if that is the preferred treatment, it should be held off until after giving birth.  Breast conserving surgery can be an option, but it does need to be followed up with radiation therapy, so may not be the preferred treatment option.

 

3rd & 4th Trimesters

Because of the affects and strength of chemotherapy drugs, it was long assumed that it would harm the baby.  However, there are certain chemo drugs that do not increase the risk of birth defects to the fetus if used later on in the pregnancy.  These drugs have not been studied in the first trimester due to the potential damage to the fetus.

 

If treatment can be held off until after the birth of the fetus, many chemotherapy drugs and hormone therapy drugs can be passed through the breast milk, so breastfeeding is not recommended.

 

Have you or someone you know that is pregnant been recently diagnosed with breast cancer?  If you choose chemotherapy as your treatment method, you will begin to lose your hair after about two weeks after your first treatment.  Pregnancy can be difficult enough, but when you don’t feel or look your best, it can take the joy out of expecting a child.  DK International wants to be a part of your breast cancer support team.  DK International is a hair replacement salon located in Chanhassen, MN, which is just outside of Minneapolis.  Call today for your free one-hour consultation so you and your technician can find the hair replacement system that fits your style and budget.  Connect with DK International on Facebook so you can keep up to date with us on how we’re helping our clients with their hair replacement needs!