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    Breast Cancer Treatment Center

    Breast Cancer during Pregnancy Program

    A cancer diagnosis is a life-altering experience for most individuals; however, young women who are diagnosed with breast cancer while pregnant can feel especially overwhelmed. At Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women Cancer Center's Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers Breast Oncology Program, our team of experts provides compassionate and comprehensive care during an especially challenging time.

    About the Breast Cancer during Pregnancy Program

    a breast cancer patient, who was treated while she was pregnant, and her daughter

    Every year in the United States, one in 3,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy. Many obstetricians and oncologists have rarely encountered these dual challenges, but Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center (DF/BWCC) has become a leader in achieving healthy outcomes for pregnant women and their babies.

    We look at each patient individually, working in collaboration with the high-risk pregnancy center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. The team includes some of the world’s most experienced and respected breast cancer oncologists and maternal-fetal specialists in Obstetrics/Gynecology. As partners in your treatment, we will help you make informed decisions about your care as you navigate through your cancer journey.

    Depending on the type of breast cancer and stage of pregnancy when it is diagnosed, the DF/BWCC team will work with you to select effective treatment strategies that can be given safely, minimizing risks of harm to a developing infant.

    Rapid response and follow-up

    Pregnant women who suspect or have been told they have breast cancer are contacted by our nurses within 24 hours. If you have not been diagnosed yet, our specialists work quickly to evaluate your symptoms. If a breast cancer diagnosis has been confirmed, your team of clinicians will work together to create and oversee a personalized treatment plan.

    Expertise and innovation

    Experience affects outcomes. DF/BWCC physician-scientists are working to improve the understanding, diagnosis, and treatment of breast cancer during pregnancy. We are leading research efforts that are changing the understanding of the disease and creating new options for young women with breast cancer.

    Specialists Treating Breast Cancer during Pregnancy

    Our team is knowledgeable about the unique aspects of breast cancer during pregnancy. You will benefit from our multidisciplinary approach, which combines the expertise of physicians from medical, surgical, and radiation oncology, as well as maternal-fetal medicine, radiology, and pathology. At your first visit you'll meet with several specialists who will evaluate and plan your treatment, and coordinate your care throughout your time with us.

    Erica L. Mayer, MD, MPH, Director

    Ann H. Partridge, MD, MPH, Director of the Program for Young Women with Breast Cancer 

    Maternal Fetal Medicine

    Katherine E. Economy, MD 

    See the full treatment team for the DF/BWCC Susan F. Smith Center for Women's Cancers Breast Oncology Program.


    Patient Resources

    We offer patient- and family-centered care, which means you and your family are the focus of our attention. Your health care team will take the time to listen, understand your needs and preferences, and help you regain a sense of control over your life.

    Below are some of our selected programs and services.

    Learn more about Dana-Farber's patient and family support services.


    Contact Us

    For more information, call 617-632-4024.

    To make an appointment, call 877-442-3324.

    You may schedule your first appointment for as soon as the next day. After scheduling, one of our nurses will call you to answer your questions and help you prepare for the appointment.

    For referring physicians

    To refer a patient for diagnosis and treatment, call 877-332-4294.

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