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Cancer and pregnancy: poena magna, not anymore.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16326099     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Cancer diagnosed during pregnancy constitutes a difficult clinical condition with a devastating impact on the patient's somatic and psychosocial health and possibly on foetal integrity. This circumstance also raises several moral, religious, social and familial dilemmas. In this review we critically present available evidence regarding the incidence, epidemiology and genetics of cancer in pregnant women, its presentation, diagnosis and staging as well as therapeutic management. Issues such as maternal/foetal prognosis, need for termination of pregnancy, risk of foetal health injury and necessity of psychosocial support are reviewed. Recent accumulating evidence suggests that, with appropriate management, poena magna should not be used to define neither cancer nor pregnancy.
George Pentheroudakis; Nicholas Pavlidis
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Review     Date:  2005-12-02
Journal Detail:
Title:  European journal of cancer (Oxford, England : 1990)     Volume:  42     ISSN:  0959-8049     ISO Abbreviation:  Eur. J. Cancer     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-01-17     Completed Date:  2006-03-07     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9005373     Medline TA:  Eur J Cancer     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  126-40     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Medical Oncology, Ioannina University Hospital, University of Ioannina, 45 110 Ioannina, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects
Neoplasm Metastasis
Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic* / diagnosis,  drug therapy,  radiotherapy
Prenatal Diagnosis
Social Support
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Antineoplastic Agents

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