International Journal of Medicine and Health Development

: 1999  |  Volume : 4  |  Issue : 2  |  Page : 97--99

Breast cancer during pregnancy and lactation in Nigerian Igbos

Gabriel E Njeze 
 Department of Surgery University of Nigeria Teaching Hospital Enugu

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FMCS, FWACS Gabriel E Njeze
Department of Surgery U.N.T.H. Enugu

Twenty one of 222 premenopausal women with breast cancer developed the disease in association with pregnancy. Eleven were pregnant while ten were post partum. There were significant delays before consulting surgeons for assessment and treatment Two of the patients came in the second trimester while the remaining nine came in the third trimester. Standard surgical therapy after some delay was employed for ten of these patients. One of them refused surgical treatment after biopsy. Most of the patients had chemotherapy and 3 had tamoxifen. There was favourable obstetrical outcome in ten patients while one had a low birth weight baby. The histological spectrum found in these patients was the same as in the non pregnant patients. The incidence of breast cancer related to pregnancy in this premenopausal group was 9.4%. Breast cancer related to pregnancy is an infrequent but serious problem requiring skilled and compassionate management It is not a different disease in any way from that in the non-pregnant and therefore should be treated without delay.

How to cite this article:
Njeze GE. Breast cancer during pregnancy and lactation in Nigerian Igbos.Int J Med Health Dev 1999;4:97-99

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Njeze GE. Breast cancer during pregnancy and lactation in Nigerian Igbos. Int J Med Health Dev [serial online] 1999 [cited 2022 Sep 29 ];4:97-99
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