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Coming to Terms with Lung Cancer During Pregnancy

An increasing incidence of lung cancer is expected among pregnant women due to the increasing rate of cigarette smoking in young women.

Lung Cancer during pregnancy is a rare situation, with an estimated incidence of 1 in 1000 pregnancies. However, this rate is likely to rise in the next decades on account of the delay of childbearing to the later reproductive age.

The most common types of lung cancer are, 

Watch out for Lung Cancer Symptoms

If you or someone you love has any of the following issues, see your doctor right away. 

Talk to your doctor about any family history of cancer or individual risk factors such as radon or asbestos exposure, or a history of smoking or being around second-hand smoke.


Lung cancer treatment depends on the gestational week of the pregnancy, patient’s medical status, social, personal, familial, and even religious beliefs.

For pregnant patients with lung cancer, the standard of care is chemotherapy during the second and third trimesters, but the prognosis is poor.

After a diagnosis of cancer in pregnancy, the decision about how to proceed should be made by a multidisciplinary team including surgeons, medical oncologists, radiation oncologists, gynaecologists, obstetricians, neonatologists, pediatricians, geneticists, clinical pharmacologists, and psychologists, with active involvement and support from the family of the pregnant patient.

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