A Patient’s Journey Through Pregnancy and Breast Cancer

In July 2013, Adele Rivas discovered she had breast cancer. Two days later, she learned she was pregnant. Ms. Rivas and her husband Luis rode an emotional roller coaster of panic and joy. At that point, they had been trying to have a baby for two-and-a-half years.

But questions abounded. Could Ms. Rivas’ stage 2b cancer be treated while she was pregnant? Would the baby be safe? And would the treatment be effective? The answer was yes to all three questions.

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