Pregnancy During Diagnosis or Treatment

LISA SCHULMEISTER, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, OCN, FAAN
Monday, November 24, 2014
Talk about this article with nurses and others in the oncology community in the General Discussions Oncology Nursing News discussion group.
The body of literature on pregnancy during cancer treatment is sparse. Frederic Amant, MD from the University Hospitals Leuven in Belgium used data from the International Network for Cancer Infertility and Pregnancy (INCIP) to identify women who became pregnant around the time of cancer diagnosis or during treatment. The INCIP database currently includes 1,011 patients from 21 countries, and at the time of Amant’s study, it included 897 patients.

Overall, 3.23% (29/897) of the women in the database became pregnant soon after a cancer diagnosis or during treatment. Of those 29 patients, three pregnancies were identified during diagnostic examinations for suspected malignancy but before definite diagnosis, 18 were identified during treatment, and seven were identified after diagnosis of cancer but before treatment was started. Amant concluded that it is essential that discussions about contraception during cancer treatment occur, and in addition, whenever possible, women of child-bearing potential should be advised to use contraception while being worked-up for a possible cancer diagnosis. Amant presented his findings at the 2014 European Society for Medical Oncology (ESMO) Congress in Madrid and the press release may be found here.


Talk about this article with nurses and others in the oncology community in the General Discussions Oncology Nursing News discussion group.
Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN
 
Blog Info
Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN is an oncology nursing consultant and editor-in-chief of Oncology Nursing News.
Author Bio
Lisa Schulmeister, MN, RN, ACNS-BC, FAAN, is the Editor-in-Chief for OncLive Nursing. She is an oncology nursing consultant and adjunct assistant professor of nursing at Louisiana State Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, LA. She provides continuing nursing education to nurses across the Unites States, is active in several professional nursing organizations, and is intrigued by the many ways nurses use technology to communicate.
 
 
External Resources

MJH Associates
American Journal of Managed Care
Cure
MD Magazine
Pharmacy Times
Physicians' Education Resource
Specialty Pharmacy Times
TargetedOnc
OncNurse Resources

Blogs
Continuing Education
Discussions
Web Exclusives


About Us
Advertise
Advisory Board
Careers
Contact Us
Privacy Policy
Terms & Conditions
Intellisphere, LLC
2 Clarke Drive
Suite 100
Cranbury, NJ 08512
P: 609-716-7777
F: 609-716-4747

Copyright OncNursing 2006-2017
Intellisphere, LLC. All Rights Reserved.