If a woman develops breast cancer while in her child bearing years, will the cancer affect her fertility?

Breast cancer in itself does not affect fertility.  If a patient requires chemotherapy, however, this may stop ovulation in some but not all cases.  If there is any chance that the cancer has metastasized then pregnancy is not advised.  The hormones which a woman’s body develops to support a pregnancy may also promote growth of the cancer and help the cancer spread.

 

Dr. Arbutina