Managing pregnant women with cancer: personal considerations and a review of the literature

14 Feb 2011
HA Azim Jr, O Gentilini, M Locatelli, E Ciriello, G Scarfone, FA Peccatori

Managing cancer during pregnancy is a very critical clinical situation. It is relatively rare but once encountered, it poses several clinical and sometimes social and ethical conflicts as well. Generalizing treatment decisions is very hard and in our opinion, each case should be discussed in a multidisciplinary manner acknowledging patients’ opinion as well to reach a proper decision. In this review we touch on the available evidence on managing cancer patients diagnosed during the course of pregnancy in an attempt to provide some guidance for clinicians dealing with such cases.