The majority of women with cancer treated during pregnancy had a diagnosis of breast cancer (69 mothers, including 2 twin pregnancies [55%]) or a hematologic malignancy (20 mothers [16%], including 1 mother with acute lymphoid leukemia, 4 with acute myeloid leukemia, 1 with chronic myeloid leukemia, 8 with Hodgkin lymphoma, and 6 with non-Hodgkin lymphoma).
Other tumor types treated during pregnancy and included in the study were cervical (8%), ovarian (7%), brain (2%), colon (2%), thyroid (2%), and renal cell carcinomas, lung, melanoma, Ewing sarcoma, or soft-tissue sarcoma (1%). ■
Source: Amant F, Vandenbroucke T, Verheecke M, et al: Pediatric outcomes after maternal cancer diagnosed during pregnancy. Supplementary appendix. N Engl J Med. September 28, 2015 (early release online)
In a study reported in The New England Journal of Medicine, Frederic Amant, MD, PhD, of University Hospitals Leuven, Belgium, and colleagues in the International Network on Cancer, Infertility, and Pregnancy found that cancer diagnosed during pregnancy did not appear to affect cognitive, cardiac,...