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2017 Guidelines of the American Thyroid Association for the Diagnosis and Management of Thyroid Disease During Pregnancy and the Postpartum

Thyroid disease in pregnancy is a common clinical problem. Since the guidelines for the management of these disorders by the American Thyroid Association (ATA) were first published in 2011, significant clinical and scientific advances have occurred in the field. The aim of these guidelines is to inform clinicians, patients, researchers, and health policy makers on published evidence relating to the diagnosis and management of thyroid disease in women during pregnancy, preconception, and the postpartum period.

Pregnancy After Cancer

Article written by Elyce Cardonick, MD, FACOG, regarding pregnancy after a cancer diagnosis. Dr. Cardonick is a Maternal-fetal medicine specialist and member of Hope for Two’s Advisory Board (published in Hopeline newsletter Fall 2016).

New Resource Guide From Living Beyond Breast Cancer

If you are pregnant and have been diagnosed with breast cancer, you are not alone. Every year, more than 1,000 women in the United States have breast cancer and are pregnant at the same time.

Three Myths Regarding Cancer During Pregnancy

One out of every 1,000 pregnant women have cancer. It’s a situation that oncologists and OB/GYNs don’t often encounter, and one that can leave many women feeling very scared and alone, says Susan Musialowski, the patient coordinator for Hope for Two: The Pregnant With Cancer Network.

Breast Feeding after Receiving Chemotherapy During Pregnancy

By: Elyce Cardonick, MD (published in Hopeline newsletter Fall 2013) Many women ask about the safety of breast feeding after a pregnancy complicated by cancer. Let me start by saying that if you do require any chemotherapy postpartum, unfortunately breast feeding is not advised once you start treatment. There are case reports of children having neutropenia […]

Pediatric Outcome after Maternal Cancer Diagnosed During Pregnancy

Fetal development is a complex process. At different stages of development, different aspects can be influenced by external factors (e.g., teratogenic drugs, alcohol, smoking, maternal stress, and altered nutrition). Among women in whom cancer is diagnosed during pregnancy, factors such as maternal illness, diagnostic tests, cancer treatment, and increased levels of maternal stress can negatively […]

Development of Children Born to Mothers with Cancer During Pregnancy: Comparing In Utero Chemotherapy-Exposed Children with Nonexposed Controls

The diagnosis of cancer during pregnancy creates medical and moral dilemmas for physicians and patients. Pregnant women are hesitant to receive chemotherapy due to concerns about possible effects on the developing fetus, while physicians are hesitant to allow pregnant women to delay cancer treatment for the remainder of the pregnancy.

FDA: Changes to Pregnancy and Lactation Drug Labeling Announced

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration published a final rule today that sets standards for how information about using medicines during pregnancy and breastfeeding is presented in the labeling of prescription drugs and biological products. The new content and formatting requirements will provide a more consistent way to include relevant information about the risks and benefits of […]

Cancer Treatments in Pregnancy Safe for Offspring, Small Studies Find

Children whose mothers undergo chemotherapy or radiation for cancer during pregnancy are not at increased risk for mental development or heart problems, two small studies suggest.

Breast Cancer in Pregnancy (European Journal of Cancer)

Purpose: To provide guidance for clinicians about the diagnosis, staging and treatment of breast cancer occurring during an otherwise uncomplicated pregnancy.