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Breast cancer patients can have children after treatment: doctor

2012/05/02 19:33:03

Taipei, May 2 (CNA) Women with breast cancer can become pregnant after treatment, doctors and patients said Wednesday, urging young females facing such issues to remain optimistic about marriage and family.

"If breast cancer is discovered and treated early, patients can have the full motherhood experience -- marriage, pregnancy and breastfeeding," said Hsieh Ruey-kuen, director of Mackay Memorial Hospital's Cancer Center, at a press conference held before Mother's Day.

Normally, pregnancy is allowed after two years of hormonal treatment in women with early breast cancer, he said, introducing a 43-year-old mother who gave birth to four children after being diagnosed with the disease.

"In the beginning, I did worry about how my baby was going to turn out," said the woman, Wu Hsiu-man.

"But my first baby was so cute that I decided to have more," she said, holding hands with her Canadian husband as they posed for a photo shoot on their 15th anniversary.

Wu, who had one of her breasts removed, said that because of her condition she highly valued the breastfeeding experience.

"It is useless to worry about whether you are going to have a relapse because it's not going to do your life any good," she said in response to a reporter's question on whether having a family had caused her more worry.

Lin Wei-chieh, secretary-general of the Taiwan Breast Cancer Alliance, said that with the support of family and friends, breast cancer survivors can lead a normal life.

To encourage optimism among such patients, Lin said, Wu and eight other couples battling breast cancer will be treated to a Mother's Day beach party next week.

There about 5,000 breast cancer patients in Taiwan, according to Lin.

(By Nancy Liu)