Breast cancer that occurs with pregnancy, also called gestational breast cancer, is a rare condition. Pregnancy is not the cause of gestational breast cancer. Women who develop breast cancer while they are pregnant require a specialized level of treatment that aims to cure them of the disease while protecting their unborn baby.
Oncology specialists at Dignity Health North State are experienced in caring for gestational breast cancer — from safely diagnosing the symptoms to choosing the best treatment. Find a Doctor online who specializes in breast cancer and pregnancy in Northern California.
Reporting Breast Changes During Pregnancy
Your breast will experience changes in texture, size, and sensitivity during pregnancy, so it can be easy to overlook the symptoms of gestational breast cancer as pregnancy-related changes.
The signs and symptoms for gestational breast cancer are generally the same as breast cancer, which include:
- Changes in size, shape, or appearance of the breast or nipple
- Lump or mass in the breast
- Inverted nipple
- Nipple discharge
It’s important to report any changes in your breast to your doctor at Dignity Health North State for the most accurate diagnosis.
Treating Gestational Breast Cancer at Dignity Health North State
Your baby’s health will remain a top priority during your diagnosis and treatment. To heal your cancer while protecting your baby, your doctor may forego riskier treatment options, such as radiation therapy, targeted therapy, and hormone therapy. Chemotherapy and surgery, including a mastectomy, are generally the safest, most effective treatment options for gestational breast cancer.
Other factors that will influence your personalized treatment plan include:
- How far along the pregnancy is
- The stage of the cancer
- The type of cancer
Our philosophy of care is rooted in compassion and respect, so you’ll play an important role is choosing the best care. Contact Dignity Health North State today to begin comprehensive care for breast cancer during your pregnancy.
Dignity Health North State offers feasible treatment options for gestational breast cancer in Mt. Shasta, Red Bluff, and Redding, CA.