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Treating cancer during pregnancy is extremely complex—and it’s our specialty
Pregnancy is a miraculous time, but for some women the joy of expecting is overshadowed by a cancer diagnosis. For these women and their babies, receiving prompt and skilled care is twice as crucial.

Our unique approach to care

Each year in the U.S., approximately one woman in a thousand is diagnosed with cancer while pregnant. Treating cancer during pregnancy is a particularly 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 to help create a customized treatment plan for you and your baby, and our surgical services and obstetrical procedures are performed at North Shore University Hospital or Long Island Jewish Medical Center, where a high volume of cases has honed the skills of our clinical teams. Our approach to care emphasizes compassionate support, along with expertise. 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.

A graphic showing an outlined baby in mother's womb, with circles outside highlighting types of care received while pregnant.
All the care you need, every step of the way

We assemble a customized team to address your specific situation and provide medical, emotional and practical support.

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.


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
The latest news
By recruiting top cancer specialists and expanding services, Richard Barakat, MD, is standardizing care at the Northwell Health Cancer Institute.
Michelle Cohen and her baby Franklin are thriving, thanks to care from the new Center for Cancer, Pregnancy and Reproduction.
Coverage from media outlets about the care Michelle Cohen and her son Franklin received at Northwell's Center for Cancer, Pregnancy and Reproduction.
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