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|2/24/2012||Hi Lillie, you have helped me personally in the past and I am grateful. We really need your help again. Someone we know was dx w/inflammatory breast cancer, is 38 and 20 weeks pregnant. She had a mastectomy and is waiting for the pathology to determine treatment options. However, she is being told additional screenings (CT scans, bone scan)are not recommended given she is pregnant. If you had 3 - 5 pieces of advice to offer in terms of treatment, care, considerations, next steps, what would they be?|
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|2/25/2012||oh my gracious...|
1. to be sure to be in the hand of experts who are very familiar with treating a woman during pregnancy. this is something we are very familiar with. so if she wants to come to us she can. 410-955-8964.
2. inflammatory from the get go is stage III breast cancer. so she needs to anticipate a lot of treatment ahead of her.
3. it is unusual to do mastectomy first before systemic treatment to help clear the dermal lymphatics that contain cancer cells in the skin of her breast so risk of local recurrence may be higher than for someone who did systemic meds first.
4. she needs a high risk OB doc also expert in taking care of women with cancer during pregnancy.
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