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J Adv Res. 2016 Jul;7(4):571-4. doi: 10.1016/j.jare.2015.12.004. Epub 2015 Dec 21.

Lung cancer during pregnancy: A narrative review.

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Rea Maternity Hospital, A. Sygrou Avenue 383, P. Faliro, Athens, Greece.
Department of Medical Oncology, Medical School, University of Ioannina, Ioannina, Greece.


Lung cancer, the leading cause of cancer deaths in males for decades, has recently become one of commonest causes for women too. As women delay the start of their family, the co-existence of cancer and pregnancy is increasingly observed. Nevertheless, lung cancer during pregnancy remains a rather uncommon condition with less than 70 cases published in recent years. Non-small cell lung carcinoma is the commonest type accounting for about 85% of all cases. Overall survival rates are low. Chemotherapy and/or targeted treatment have been used with poor outcomes. The disease has been also found to affect the products of conception with no short- or long-term consequences for the neonate. This article is referring to a narrative review of lung cancers diagnosed in pregnant women around the world.


Fetal metastasis; Lung cancer; Placental metastasis; Pregnancy; Prognosis; Treatment

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