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For patients who desire to continue the pregnancy, treatment is possible, but there is a limited number of options during the first weeks of gestation. In fact, chemotherapy is prohibited during the first trimester (Berry et al. 1999; Cardonick and Iacubucci 2004). Surgery is safe at any time (Duncan et al. 1986), but breast conservation performed during the first trimester is probably associated with an excessively long delay in postoperative radiotherapy. Therefore, in a patient at the first trimester who wants to continue the pregnancy and also wishes to conserve the breast all these issues have to be carefully discussed, and the patient has to be informed that a possible increased risk of local recurrence should be considered, even though this is difficult to quantify because of the lack of data.
Overall, the risk of teratogenesis following cancer treatment appears to be lower than is commonly estimated from animal data. First-trimester exposure to chemotherapy has been associated with 10%–20% risk of major malformations (Weisz et al. 2004). A review of 139 cases of first-trimester exposure to chemotherapy has demonstrated a 17% risk for malformations after single-agent exposure and 25% after exposure to combination chemotherapy (Doll et al. 1998). When folate antagonists were excluded, the incidence of fetal malformations with single-agent chemotherapy during the first trimester declined to 6%.
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