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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.

Leading the Agenda on Cancer in Pregnancy, Dr. Frederic Amant

Informative article about Cancer in Pregnancy with Dr. Frederic Amant, Professor, Dept. of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Leuven in Belgium. By Tony Kirby in The Lancet, February 2012.

Some Pregnancies can Continue Despite Cervical, Ovarian Cancers

The current trend is to preserve pregnancy in women diagnosed with cervical or ovarian cancer whenever feasible, according to a recent review that explored the issues around gynecologic cancers (Lancet. 2012;379:558-569).

Journal of Thoracic Disease: Challenges in Managing Breast Cancer During Pregnancy

Pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC) is defined as breast cancer occurring anytime during gestation, lactation or within one year after delivery. The optimal management of pregnant women with breast cancer is challenging and not well established; the main concern is the effect of the drugs on the developing fetus and long-term complications after in utero exposure to anti-cancer drugs.

The American Cancer Society: Pregnancy and Breast Cancer

Having breast cancer during pregnancy is very rare. But more and more women are choosing to have children later in life, and the risk of breast cancer goes up as women get older. Because of this, doctors expect there will be more cases of breast cancer during pregnancy in the future.

Current estimates range anywhere from 1 in every 1,000 to 1 in every 10,000 pregnant women diagnosed with breast cancer every year. And breast cancer is the most common type of cancer found during pregnancy, while breastfeeding, or within the first year of delivery. You may hear this called gestational breast cancer or pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC). The special concerns of breast cancer during pregnancy are reviewed here.

Mom’s Chemo Safer Than Once Thought – ABC News Article

There is growing evidence that pregnant women with cancer aren’t putting their babies at risk by undergoing chemotherapy treatments. A new study that followed more than 400 pregnant women in Europe who were diagnosed with breast cancer, found little to no evidence of negative health effects on infants whose mothers underwent chemotherapy — good news […]

Treating Cancer During Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting and fulfilling times of a woman’s life. Although receiving a cancer diagnosis during this period of time is rare, it can, unfortunately, still happen. It is important for women to remain educated on cancer and how it relates to pregnancy.

Published Research on Taxane Chemotherapy Use During Pregnancy

The results of a study by Dr. Elyce Cardonick of taxane chemotherapy use in pregnant women has been published in the Annals of Oncology.

Cancer Can Be Treated During Pregnancy

Information about treating cancer during pregnancy. Article, by Stacy Simon, located on the American Cancer Society website.