Newly diagnosed & 38 weeks pregnant

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Hello all, 

I have just been diagnosed with triple negative-breast cancer. I am currently 38 weeks pregnant. They have said they will let me go to term & then start me on chemotherapy for 5months. 

It has completely blind sighted us & hard to imagine the path ahead with a new baby but if anyone has any advice who has been through it would be appreciated X 

  • Hi Marial

    Welcome to the forum and sorry to hear that you have been diagnosed with Triple Negative breast cancer.  While I didn't have to contend with treatment and a new baby I don't have any advice for you but I thought I'd reply and welcome you to the online community.  I suggest that you join the Breast Cancer forum and put your question on there as that group is much busier and there are plenty of ladies with triple negative on that forum as well.  Here's the link: Breast cancer forum - Macmillan Online Community..

    Wishing you the best of luck with your treatment when it starts.

    Best wishes


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  • Hi Daisy53, 

    Thanks so much for your message & advice. Really appreciate it and will do as you recommend 

  • Hi MariaL, 

    I am 34weeks pregnant and was diagnosed with TNBC as well, found a lump at 15weeks. I've been on chemo, paclitaxel  and carboplatin, for the last 3months and it has been quite tolerable, although everyone reacts differently...being in my 30s has also helped I guess. Also have to mention that I've had a double mastectomy for dcis 3 years ago but it's back now as tnbc. Just taking it a day at a time till baby is born and will continue with the treatments. All the best with the little one and your upcoming treatments. Please get in touch if you don't mind talking.


  • Hi Halime, 

    Thank you so much for your message. So sorry to hear what you are going through and by the sounds of it the tough journey you have already had up to this point. It is very tough to be experiencing this when we should be able to concentrate and enjoy our new little ones & not have this added stress to the general new parent worries but hopefully our little ones will help get us through with some smiles and a bright future with them. 

    I'm also in my 30s & hoping I will be able be ok at least between treatments. Although have a support network I can rely on want so much to be able to take care of & be there for the baby myself as any mother without the need to rely on everyone else. 

    Wishing you the very best of luck with the rest of your pregnancy and treatment and more than happy to stay in touch 

  • Oh gosh    Really feeling for both you and    So tough at such a young age and to manage alongside a new baby. My TNBC came much later in life so I guess I have a lot to be grateful for. Wishing you all the best. 

  • Hi  how are you doing, and how are you getting on with treatment? Congrats on the LO, hope all went well with that. Just remembered you and wanted to check up. 

  • Hello Halime, 

    Great to hear from you! My little boy was born 6th Feb 1 week following my diagnosis. It has been a whirlwind since & the start with all the scans etc & having to leave him was probably the toughest but I started chemo on 17th march & all going well since. I am feeling very well so far with no sickness or additional tiredness from the treatment & getting to get out & about with my little boy between treatments which is so great because my biggest worry was not being able to have the energy to take care of him so long may that continue. Tomorrow I will be half way through my course of 12 weekly treatments & then have fortnightly for 8 weeks. How are you getting on? You may have already joined but if not heard of them yet there is a charity "Mummy's star" which offer additional support to mums diagnosed. Hope you & your little one are doing well xx  

  • Hi Marial,

    im so sorry you’ve had this diagnosis and at such a hard time, sending lots of love and support! I don’t have any advice for you as I’m also at the begining of my journey only diagnosed a few days ago, I wasn’t pregnant but I only had my son 3 months ago so I just wanted to let you know your not alone and I’m going through all the feels with you! X

  • Hi Han31, 

    First of all congratulations on your son- hope any struggles with sleepless nights etc are limited but snuggles are plentiful! My original message was some time back & my little boy is 12 weeks tomorrow so our 2 boys sound like the same age?! 

    Secondly so sorry to hear of your diagnosis. Do you already have a treatment plan? As you are only diagnosed you may not yet have had all the scans etc? This I found the most daunting in the early days. If you are breastfeeding aswell it was also an area which I found frustrating as I got mixed information between the oncologists & breastfeeding support team so please feel free to contact me with any questions of my journey so far as I am further along & more than happy to answer any questions you may have. Also if you have not already been told reach out to Mummy's star who are a charity to help woman diagnosed at our stage- they are brilliant & also a great network of woman in the same situation. 

    Just to try offer some comfort at least from what I have been through is that I found those early days the most overwhelming & daunting. Since I have started the treatment it has been easier with a plan in place & hopefully your side effects will be as minimal as mine (so far anyway- fingers Fingers crossed tone1) & the little guy offers such an amazing distraction between treatments that it is difficult to even find time to feel unwell or worry! 

    Very best of luck with everything & as I have said please feel free to message if any questions X