This summary table contains detailed information about research studies. Summary tables offer an informative look at the science behind many breast cancer guidelines and recommendations. However, they should be viewed with some caution. In order to read and interpret research tables successfully, it is important to understand some key concepts. Learn how to read a research table.
Introduction: Having a child after breast cancer treatment ends does not appear to lower a woman’s chances for long-term survival. One large study even found that women who had a child after breast cancer treatment had better overall survival than women who did not have a child after treatment .
It is important to note that women who become pregnant after completing treatment for breast cancer may be healthier than those who do not. For this reason, findings from studies on this topic may be limited to these healthier women.
Learn about the strengths and weaknesses of different types of studies.
If you wish to have a child after breast cancer treatment ends, talk to your health care provider (and if possible, a fertility specialist) before making treatment decisions. Your provider (or a fertility specialist) can discuss your options and the best timing of a pregnancy based on your treatment.
Learn more about having a child after breast cancer treatment.
Study selection criteria: Cohort studies and case-control studies with more than 50 breast cancer survivors and meta-analyses.
Study Population(number of participants)
Was Survival Worse for Women who Had a Child after Breast Cancer Treatment (compared to those who did not have a child)? Yes / No
Kroman et al. 
Mueller et al. 
Largillier et al. 
Blakely et al. 
Ives et al. 
Verkooijen et al. 
Azim et al. 
Kranick et al. 
Gelber et al. 
Sankila et al. 
Mignot et al. 
Velentgas et al. 
Azim et al. 
Valachis et al. 
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