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Cancer and Pregnancy

Volume 178 of the series Recent Results in Cancer Research pp 1-2

Why Is the Topic of Cancer and Pregnancy So Important? Why and How to Read this Book

  • Antonella SurboneAffiliated withHead, Teaching, Research and Development Department, European School of OncologyAssociate Professor of Clinical Medicine, New York Medical School, New York University
  • , Fedro PeccatoriAffiliated withDepartment of Medicine, Division of Hematology and Oncology, Istituto Europeo di Oncologia
  • , Nicholas PavlidisAffiliated withProfessor of Medical Oncology, Department of Medical Oncology, Medical School, University of Ioannina

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Abstract

Cancer during pregnancy represents a philosophical and biological paradox. To be confronted with the diagnosis of cancer during a pregnancy is certainly one of the most dramatic events in a woman’s life and in the life of her partner and family. The diagnostic and therapeutic management of the pregnant mother with cancer is especially difficult because it involves two persons, the mother and the fetus. Although treatment modalities and timing should be individualized, both obstetricians and oncologists should offer at the same time optimal maternal therapy and fetal well-being. The approach to these particular patients should be undertaken by a dedicated multidisciplinary team.