Psychological aspects of pregnancy and lactation in patients with breast cancer: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology

A.-A. Nejatisafa, F. Faccio, R. Nalini

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Young breast cancer patients face numerous challenges during the cancer trajectory. As in the last decade, women tend to delay pregnancies to a later time in life, and clinicians are often faced with young breast cancer patients who want to start a family or complete it. Becoming a mother is a delicate developmental process in which the woman redefines and restructures her identity as she gets prepared for her new role and responsibilities. When there is a history of cancer or cancer diagnosis is communicated during the pregnancy, fears, worries, and concerns emerge and specific support may be necessary. Follow-ups during the post-partum period are also recommended as lactation issues should not be overlooked. In this chapter, we analyze the psychological aspects of cancer survivors and women with pregnancy-associated breast cancer, and the management of these issues. © Springer Nature Switzerland AG 2020.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
ISBN (Print)00652598 (ISSN)
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • Breast cancer
  • Breastfeeding
  • Mental Health
  • Pregnancy
  • Psychological Aspects
  • anxiety disorder
  • beneficence
  • breast cancer
  • breast feeding
  • breast surgery
  • cancer survivor
  • coping behavior
  • depression
  • human
  • lactation
  • medical ethics
  • mental disease
  • patient autonomy
  • pregnancy
  • pregnancy associated breast cancer
  • pregnancy disorder
  • pregnancy termination
  • priority journal
  • psychological aspect
  • psychological resilience
  • psychotherapy
  • shared decision making
  • anxiety
  • breast tumor
  • female
  • pregnancy complication
  • psychology
  • puerperium
  • Anxiety
  • Breast Feeding
  • Breast Neoplasms
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Lactation
  • Postpartum Period
  • Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic


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