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Pregnant cancer

C Mozet, T Kuhnt, B Sattler, J Remmele, U Thome, H Stepan, R Kluge, A Dietz, M Knoedler
Objective: The diagnosis of cancer in pregnancy is rare, but might become more relevant even for head and neck cancer patients due to a shift of age of primipara towards the last third of reproductive years. Unsureness exists about the risk and benefit of diagnostic and therapeutic cancer modalities for the unborn and established recommendations are still missing. But, according to recent data, even multimodal therapeutic approaches (e. g. surgery, radiation, chemotherapy) seem possible in face of pregnancy and should be traded against the risk of prematurity...
October 2016: Laryngo- Rhino- Otologie
Vipulkumar Patel, Peter Celec, Magdalena Grunt, Heidi Schwarzenbach, Ingo Jenneckens, Timo Hillebrand
Circulating cell-free DNA (ccfDNA) is a promising diagnostic tool and its size fractionation is of interest. However, kits for isolation of ccfDNA available on the market are designed for small volumes hence processing large sample volumes is laborious. We have tested a new method that enables enrichment of ccfDNA from large volumes of plasma and subsequently allows size-fractionation of isolated ccfDNA into two fractions with individually established cut-off levels of ccfDNA length. This method allows isolation of low-abundant DNA as well as separation of long and short DNA molecules...
2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Martha Ali Abdulai, Frank Baiden, George Adjei, Seth Owusu-Agyei
BACKGROUND: Over 2 billion people are infected with Hepatitis B virus (HBV) and about 240 million are chronic carriers of the virus. Chronic HBV infection is an important cause of liver cancer. The infectivity of HBV is hundred times higher than the HIV virus yet it receives comparatively little attention in public health. The study assessed knowledge and awareness of HBV among pregnant women in the Kintampo Municipality of Ghana. METHODS: A cross-sectional survey was conducted among pregnant women attending antenatal clinic in two facilities between September 2010 and November 2010...
September 2016: Ghana Medical Journal
Sophia S Yu, Lindsay A Bischoff
Owing to the young median age of diagnosis, thyroid cancer in women can coincide with pregnancy and affect its management. The evaluation of a thyroid nodule in pregnant women is similar to that in nonpregnant women, but special consideration must be taken for the impact of a cancer diagnosis and its sequelae in pregnancy. The initial comprehensive exam for pregnant and nonpregnant women includes evaluation of the biochemical function and structure of the thyroid gland, and then fine-needle aspiration biopsy of any suspicious nodule...
October 14, 2016: Seminars in Reproductive Medicine
S Bertrand, P J Ceyssens, M Yde, K Dierick, F Boyen, J Vanderpas, R Vanhoof, W Mattheus
Listeriosis is a rare but severe disease, mainly caused by Listeria monocytogenes. This study shows the results of the laboratory-based surveillance of Listeriosis in Belgium over the period 1985-2014. Besides the incidence and some demographic data we present also more detailed microbiological and molecular characteristics of human strains isolated since 2000. The strains from the latter period were compared to food and animal strains from the same period. Our study shows that different food matrices were commonly contaminated with L...
2016: PloS One
Camilla M Whittington, Kevin Danastas, Georges E Grau, Christopher R Murphy, Michael B Thompson
Vascular endothelial growth factor A is a major mediator of angiogenesis, a critically important process in vertebrate growth and development as well as pregnancy. Here we report for the first time the expression of a rare and unusually potent splice variant, VEGF 111 , in vivo in mammals. This variant has previously only been found in mammals in cultured human cells exposed to genotoxic agents. Our discovery of VEGF 111 in the uterus of both a eutherian (rat) and a marsupial (fat-tailed dunnart) suggests that the splice variant may be common to all mammals...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
Ralph Moore, Nageen Ahmed, Lisa Russell, Chris Rissel
Risky alcohol use has significant individual health and social impacts, and is related to short- and long-term harm, including injuries, accidents, liver diseases, some cancers, cardiovascular diseases and alcohol dependence. The Get Healthy Information & Coaching Service (GHS) is a free telephone coaching service supporting adults 16 years or older to reduce weight, improve nutrition and increase physical activity. Tailored programs are available for Aboriginal people, pregnant women and people at risk of type 2 diabetes...
September 30, 2016: Public Health Research & Practice
F Acıbucu, D O Acıbucu, Ö B Akkar, H S Dokmetas
Introduction: Radioactive iodine (RAI) ablation treatment is used for patients diagnosed with well-differentiated thyroid cancer in order to reduce the risk of recurrence. RAI ablation treatment can adversely affect gonads in males and females. In this study, we aimed to determine ovary damage and infertility risk due to RAI, using serum anti-Müllerian hormone (AMH) level, in females who received RAI ablation treatment. Materials and Methods: 45 female patients who have not gone through the menopause and had received RAI ablation treatment for well-differentiated thyroid cancer in premenopausal period, and 40 healthy females as control groups were included in this study...
October 6, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Endocrinology & Diabetes
Russell J de Souza, Michael A Zulyniak, Dipika Desai, Mateen R Shaikh, Natalie C Campbell, Diana L Lefebvre, Milan Gupta, Julie Wilson, Gita Wahi, Stephanie A Atkinson, Koon K Teo, Padmaja Subbarao, Allan B Becker, Piushkumar J Mandhane, Stuart E Turvey, Malcolm R Sears, Sonia S Anand
BACKGROUND: Canada is an ethnically diverse nation, which introduces challenges for health care providers tasked with providing evidence-based dietary advice. OBJECTIVES: We aimed to harmonize food-frequency questionnaires (FFQs) across 4 birth cohorts of ethnically diverse pregnant women to derive robust dietary patterns to investigate maternal and newborn outcomes. METHODS: The NutriGen Alliance comprises 4 prospective birth cohorts and includes 4880 Canadian mother-infant pairs of predominantly white European [CHILD (Canadian Healthy Infant Longitudinal Development) and FAMILY (Family Atherosclerosis Monitoring In earLY life)], South Asian [START (SouTh Asian birth cohoRT)-Canada], or Aboriginal [ABC (Aboriginal Birth Cohort)] origins...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Nutrition
Emily K Hartman, Guy D Eslick
OBJECTIVE: Previous meta-analyses have examined the prognosis of women with pregnancy-associated breast cancer (PABC) as well as pregnancy that follows breast cancer diagnosis. Since then, many additional studies have been performed. We conducted an updated meta-analysis to examine the prognosis for women who become pregnant before, during and after a diagnosis of breast cancer. We also performed analyses on the various subgroups within PABC such as pregnancy and postpartum cases, as well as on time periods postpartum...
November 2016: Breast Cancer Research and Treatment
Helen B Chin, Penelope P Howards, Michael R Kramer, Ann C Mertens, Jessica B Spencer
OBJECTIVE: To assess which characteristics are associated with failure to receive fertility counseling among a cohort of young women diagnosed with cancer. DESIGN: Population-based cohort study. SETTING: Not applicable. PATIENT(S): A total of 1,282 cancer survivors, of whom 1,116 met the inclusion criteria for the analysis. INTERVENTION(S): None. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURE(S): The main outcome in this study was whether or not women reported receiving any information at the time of their cancer diagnosis on how cancer treatment might affect their ability to become pregnant...
September 24, 2016: Fertility and Sterility
Birgit M Dietz, Atieh Hajirahimkhan, Tareisha L Dunlap, Judy L Bolton
Botanical dietary supplements are increasingly popular for women's health, particularly for older women. The specific botanicals women take vary as a function of age. Younger women will use botanicals for urinary tract infections, especially Vaccinium macrocarpon (cranberry), where there is evidence for efficacy. Botanical dietary supplements for premenstrual syndrome (PMS) are less commonly used, and rigorous clinical trials have not been done. Some examples include Vitex agnus-castus (chasteberry), Angelica sinensis (dong quai), Viburnum opulus/prunifolium (cramp bark and black haw), and Zingiber officinale (ginger)...
October 2016: Pharmacological Reviews
Susanna Esposito, Rossana Tenconi, Valentina Preti, Elena Groppali, Nicola Principi
BACKGROUND: The concomitant incidence of cancer and pregnancy has increased in recent years because of the increase in maternal age at the time of the 1st pregnancy. The diagnosis of cancer in a pregnant woman causes ethical and therapeutic problems for both the patient and the physician. The main aim of this paper is to describe the available evidence concerning the short- and long-term neonatal impact of chemotherapy given to pregnant women. METHODS: The relevant publications in English were identified by a systematic review of MEDLINE and PubMed for the last 15 years...
September 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Benedikt Warth, Giorgia Del Favero, Gerlinde Wiesenberger, Hannes Puntscher, Lydia Woelflingseder, Philipp Fruhmann, Bojan Sarkanj, Rudolf Krska, Rainer Schuhmacher, Gerhard Adam, Doris Marko
The mycotoxin deoxynivalenol (DON) is an abundant contaminant of cereal based food and a severe issue for global food safety. We report the discovery of DON-3-sulfate as a novel human metabolite and potential new biomarker of DON exposure. The conjugate was detectable in 70% of urine samples obtained from pregnant women in Croatia. For the measurement of urinary metabolites, a highly sensitive and selective LC-MS/MS method was developed and validated. The method was also used to investigate samples from a duplicate diet survey for studying the toxicokinetics of DON-3-sulfate...
2016: Scientific Reports
Paschal Ikenna Enyinna
Radiological risk parameters associated with aircrew members traveling from Houston Intercontinental Airport to Lagos International Airport have been computed using computer software called EPCARD (version 3.2). The mean annual effective dose of radiation was computed to be 2.94 mSv/year. This result is above the standard permissible limit of 1 mSv/year set for the public and pregnant aircrew members but below the limit set for occupationally exposed workers. The Risk of cancer mortality and excess career time cancer risk computed ranged from 3...
July 2016: Journal of Medical Physics
Anna Skrzypczyk-Ostaszewicz, Maryna Rubach
The coexistence of malignant tumour and pregnancy is a state of simultaneous occurrence of two completely contradictory philosophical and biological phenomena - the development of a new life and a life-threatening terminal illness. Finally, a physician - in fact the whole team of doctors - is facing the fight for two lives: of the mother and her unborn child. The incidence of malignant disease in pregnancy is 0.05 to 0.1%. This condition is a major challenge for physicians because there are no randomised studies that could be the basis to choose the therapeutic methods - the medical knowledge merely comes from case reports, registries, and observational studies...
2016: Contemporary Oncology Współczesna Onkologia
Jiraporn Lertcharernrit, Panya Sananpanichkul, Wineeya Suknikhom, Kornkarn Bhamarapravatana, Komsun Suwannarurk, Yosapon Leaungsomnapa
BACKGROUND: Cervical cancer is the second most common in Thailand, but the mortality rate may be rising yearly. It is a cancer that can be prevented by early screening for precancerous lesions, several methods being available. OBJECTIVE: To identify the prevalence of abnormal Papanicolaou (Pap) smears and lesions with visual inspection with acetic acid (VIA) in pregnant women and assess risk factors for this group. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective study was performed at Prapokklao Hospital, Thailand during April-July 2016...
2016: Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention: APJCP
Agnieszka Rychlik, Silvia Marin, Javier De Santiago, Ignacio Zapardiel
OBJECTIVE: Multiple tracers have been used to improve lymphatic mapping and to reduce the false-negative rate of the sentinel node detection in gynecologic cancers. Nowadays, 99mTc colloids combined with blue-dye technique is the most extended technique. New alternatives such as the fluorescent indocyanine green and near-infrared fluorescent imaging detection have been introduced in lymphatic mapping staging procedures because of its easier visualization compared with the previous tracers...
September 2016: International Journal of Gynecological Cancer
S Garofalo, V A Degennaro, S Salvi, M P De Carolis, G Capelli, S Ferrazzani, S De Carolis, A Lanzone
Cancer is the leading cause of death in women of reproductive age. During the last decades and especially in developed countries, the incidence of cancer is increasing dramatically, with an incidence of 1 in 1,000 pregnancies. This is mostly related to delay of pregnancy into the late reproductive years. The aim of this study was to investigate the outcome of pregnancy in women with diagnosis of cancer; in particular, neonatal morbidity and mortality, after in utero exposure to chemotherapy, were evaluated...
September 19, 2016: European Journal of Cancer Care
Eun Young Kim, Kyong Hwa Jun, Ji Han Jung, Yun Sung Jo, Hyung Min Chin
BACKGROUND: Gastric cancer in pregnant women is rare. When physicians encounter a patient with pregnancy-associated gastric cancer, it is important to take a multidisciplinary approach and respect the will of the patient. We herein describe a case of gastric cancer during pregnancy. CASE REPORT: A 36-year-old woman at 18 weeks of gestation was diagnosed with advanced gastric cancer. She underwent totally laparoscopic distal gastrectomy at 23 weeks of gestation and four cycles of FOLFOX6 without any severe toxicity...
September 2016: Anticancer Research
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