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Pregnancy and breast cancer: One mother’s story

Rebecca Byrne had waited years for a doctor to tell her, “You’re pregnant.” She never imagined that just a few months after she first heard those words, she would hear four more: “You have breast cancer.”
Byrne still tears up when telling the story, but smiles when her 20-month-old daughter, Emelia, leaps into her lap. Emelia is the happy outcome of a painful period of Byrne’s life, when the joys of pending and early motherhood were shadowed by chemotherapy treatments, hair loss, radiation, and uncertainty.
Every year in the U.S., one in 3,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy. …


Heavy Smoking may Increase Risks of Breast Cancer

January 30, 2011 in Health by Ponti Carlo Aranda
New study has discovered that women who are heavy smokers most especially those on their childbearing years could slightly increase their risks to develop breast cancer including those without any history of pregnancy.
Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School Researchers in Boston detected that the development of breast cancer among younger women has a strong connection to heavy cigarette smoking.

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Framingham woman with breast cancer has her baby

By Danielle Ameden/Daily News staff
GateHouse News Service
The past:
After a four-year struggle to get pregnant, Framingham residents Rebecca and Larry Byrne found out in early January that they were finally expecting a baby, thanks to a successful in vitro fertilization procedure. In March, though, Rebecca was diagnosed with invasive ductile carcinoma, a type of breast cancer. Despite one doctor’s recommendation to abort, the couple decided to keep the baby while Rebecca, 35, underwent two surgeries and started chemotherapy for her breast cancer. She told her story at myboobandmybaby.blogspot.com.
The recent present:
Rebecca’s water broke early – at 33 weeks – and she delivered …


Kelley Tuthill Keeping Control through Cancer

First Person
Kelley Tuthill
Keeping control through cancer
Tuthill and her 4-year-old daughter, Madeline (Diana Wynne photo)

Kelley Tuthill is used to getting the story as an investigative reporter for WCVB-TV in Boston, but after she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36 just before Christmas 2006, she became the story herself: documenting her care at Dana-Farber for an award-winning series on WCVB titled “Kelley’s Story.”
One thing that Tuthill says has been most beneficial in helping her through her cancer experience are the acupuncture and Reiki treatments she’s received at Dana-Farber’s Leonard P. Zakim Center …


Woman with breast cancer gene mutation takes radical action

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Claudine Wrighter, 34, and her mother, Claudette Poutre, 72, both tested positive for a gene mutation which increases cancer risk. After Poutre survived breast cancer, Wrighter had a partial hysterectomy as a preventative measure.Christine Hochkeppel/Cape Cod Times
By Cynthia Mccormick


October 21, 2010 2:00 AM

POCASSET — Claudine Wrighter says people act surprised when she tells them she elected to have a partial hysterectomy at age 34.
“So many people looked at me and said ‘You did what?’” the Pocasset mother of two young girls says.
But after testing positive for a gene …