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Specialized care at a challenging time
Pregnancy is a miraculous time, but for a small percentage of women, the joy of expecting is overshadowed by a cancer diagnosis. Our highly specialized, multidisciplinary team has the experience and training to help women like Jennifer—and women like you.
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Our unique approach to care

Treating cancer during pregnancy is a complex challenge, one that many oncologists and obstetricians have never had to address—that’s why our center brings together highly specialized experts from a variety of fields, including maternal-fetal medicine (high-risk pregnancy), medical oncology/hematology, surgical oncology, neonatology and reproductive endocrinology (fertility). All our specialists bring a perspective informed by intensive training and experience—and an approach that emphasizes compassionate support. As our multidisciplinary team provides treatment that’s individually customized for you and your baby, our personal nurse navigator guides you through your appointments, coordinates care and connects you with the resources you need so you can focus on your pregnancy and growing family.

With the help of our highly skilled specialists, Jennifer Murphy battled breast cancer while she was pregnant. Now she and baby Marlowe are thriving.

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I’m Pregnant and I Have Cancer
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Michelle’s story

Michelle Cohen couldn’t wait—midway through pregnancy, she needed surgery for ovarian cancer. But with one team focusing on her care and another on her baby’s welfare, both she and her son flourished.

After a third-trimester diagnosis of breast cancer, Gina was reassured to hear that certain kinds of chemo have been proven safe for the fetus. Now she’s cancer-free—and son Luke is doing great.

Bringing together all you need

Every woman we treat is unique, and so is every care team we assemble. Based on your needs and condition, we bring together the right specialists and design a plan of care to treat your cancer while minimizing risk to your baby. Our highly trained experts treat all types of cancer during pregnancy, including breast cancer, cervical cancer, ovarian cancer and gestational trophoblastic disease (molar pregnancy).

We are here for you now and in the future. The doctors and researchers at the Center for Cancer, Pregnancy and Reproduction are creating a registry to follow children born of mothers with cancer during pregnancy, to deepen our understanding and continue to improve diagnosis, treatment and outcomes.

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Leadership

Our program leads work together to identify specialists with the expertise needed for each women’s situation.

Clarissa A. Bonanno, MD

Specialties: Maternal / Fetal Medicine, Obstetrics and Gynecology

Veena Susan John, MD

Specialties: Hematology, Medical Oncology

Jill Suzanne Whyte, MD

Specialties: Gynecologic Oncology, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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