Pregnancy should not delay cancer treatment, study suggests

the ONA take:

Women whose cancer is diagnosed while pregnant can start cancer treatment immediately and do not need to terminate the pregnancy due to concerns over harm to the fetus, a new study published online ahead of print in The New England Journal of Medicine has shown.

For the international, case-control study, researchers compared children age 12 to 42 months who mothers received a cancer diagnosis during pregnancy with matched children of women without cancer.

Of the 129 children identified, 96 were exposed to chemotherapy, 11 to radiotherapy, 13 to surgery alone, and 2 to other drug treatment. Fourteen were not exposed to treatment.

Results showed that prenatal exposure to maternal cancer with or without treatment did not negatively affect cardiac, cognitive, or general development of children in early childhood.

"Our results show that fear of cancer treatment is no reason to terminate a pregnancy, that maternal treatment should not be delayed and that chemotherapy can be given. The study also shows that children suffer more from prematurity than from chemotherapy, so avoiding prematurity is more important than avoiding chemotherapy," said lead author Frédéric Amant, MD, PhD, a gynecological oncologist at the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium and at Antoni van Leeuwenhoek in The Netherlands.

For patients with terminal cancer, chemotherapy does not improve quality of life
Women whose cancer is diagnosed while pregnant can start cancer treatment immediately and do not need to terminate the pregnancy.
Women who are pregnant when diagnosed with cancer can start treatment for their disease immediately and do not need to terminate their pregnancy due to worries over the effects of therapy on the development of their child.
READ FULL ARTICLE From Medical Express
Loading links....
You must be a registered member of ONA to post a comment.

Sign Up for Free e-newsletters

Regimen and Drug Listings


Bone Cancer Regimens Drugs
Brain Cancer Regimens Drugs
Breast Cancer Regimens Drugs
Endocrine Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gastrointestinal Cancer Regimens Drugs
Genitourinary Cancer Regimens Drugs
Gynecologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Head and Neck Cancer Regimens Drugs
Hematologic Cancer Regimens Drugs
Lung Cancer Regimens Drugs
Other Cancers Regimens
Rare Cancers Regimens
Skin Cancer Regimens Drugs