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Cancer and Pregnancy

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  • WILLIAM T. CREASMAN

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    1. Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, South Carolina 29425, USA
    • Address for correspondence: William T. Creasman, M.D., Department of Ob/Gyn, Medical University of South Carolina, 96 Jonathan Lucas Street, Suite 634, Charleston, SC 29425. Voice: 843-792-4509; fax: 843-792-0533; Creasman@musc.edu.

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Abstract

Carcinoma of the cervix is the most frequently diagnosed cancer in pregnancy. Still, it is an unusual situation. An abnormal Pap smear during pregnancy is a much more common occurrence and fortunately one that can be managed conservatively. Although definitive treatment for intraepithelial disease can be delayed until the postpartum period, diagnostic evaluation should be done when the abnormal Pap smear is present. Invasive cancer management is dependent on gestational age of the fetus. Pregnancy affords an excellent opportunity to screen for cervical neoplasia.

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