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

  • Antonella Surbone
  • Fedro Peccatori
  • Nicholas Pavlidis
Part of the Recent Results in Cancer Research book series (RECENTCANCER, volume 178)


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.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Antonella Surbone
    • 1
    • 2
  • Fedro Peccatori
    • 3
  • Nicholas Pavlidis
    • 4
  1. 1.Head, Teaching, Research and Development DepartmentEuropean School of OncologyMilanItaly
  2. 2.Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, New York Medical SchoolNew York UniversityNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Department of Medicine, Division of Hematology and OncologyIstituto Europeo di OncologiaMilanItaly
  4. 4.Professor of Medical Oncology, Department of Medical Oncology, Medical SchoolUniversity of IoanninaIoanninaGreece

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