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Myasthenia Gravis and breast cancer treatment

12/22/2003

Question:

My mother has myasthenia gravis. She just found out she has breast cancer. She has been given two options, masectomy with no treatment or lumpectomy with radiation. She is 80 years old. Is there any research on how patients in this situation respond to either treatment?

Answer:

There are no studies suggesting that treatment of breast cancer is any different in patients having myasthenia gravis (MG). However, since MG may get worse with the stress of surgery and/or radiation, I would recommend that your mother collaborate closely with her neurologist. 

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Response by:

Dolly Boughaba, MD
Assistant Professor of Neurology
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati