To Treat or Not To Treat? Cancer During Pregnancy

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dc.contributor.author Dudley, Kayla
dc.contributor.editor David Martin
dc.contributor.editor Nelda Godfrey
dc.contributor.editor M. Kathleen Brewer
dc.contributor.editor Jo Ellen Greischar-Billiard
dc.coverage.temporal Fall 2010 - Spring 2011
dc.date.accessioned 2011-08-25T21:56:54Z
dc.date.available 2011-08-25T21:56:54Z
dc.date.created 2011
dc.date.issued 2011-08-25
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/2271/966
dc.description Kayla M. Dudley is from Topeka, Kansas. While in nursing school she was a member of the School of Nursing Honors Program. She was the recipient of the Level I Clinical Excellence Award for her outstanding performance in the clinical setting. She is the recipient of the Arthur and Leora Peck, the Mary Hatheway Abell, and the Maude Landis Scholarships. She is a member of Delta Chapter Sigma Theta Tau International. en_US
dc.description.abstract A diagnosis of cancer is devastating to a mother who is often overjoyed by the prospect of parenthood. Because the diagnosis of cancer during pregnancy is a relatively rare complication, 1 in 1,000 pregnancies, large-randomized-controlled trials are difficult to conduct. As a result, data is noticeably absent to support definitive treatment guidelines (Pavlidis, 2002; Pereg, Koren, & Lishner, 2008). Although there are no definitive guidelines for treatment, researchers agree that management of the disease must be patient specific (Van Calsteren et al., 2010). The purpose of this paper is to present current options for management of cancer during pregnancy and to discuss the ethical issues of beneficence, nonmaleficence and autonomy of the mother and fetus related to the treatment options. It is my opinion there will be two areas of nursing practice that will see the impact of cancer during pregnancy – oncology nursing and obstetric nursing. Oncology nurses will see a rise in pregnant patients and obstetric nurses will see a rise in oncology patients because these patients are one in the same. A rise in cancer during pregnancy will require that nurses become cross-disciplinary. With cross-disciplinary training, the nurse will be better equipped to handle this delicate situation. A nurse who is educated in both obstetrics and oncology will be able to provide answers to questions that are unique to a patient who is battling cancer while being pregnant. Until new medications are established or the safety of current treatments on a fetus is solidly established, the nursing community must be aware of the treatment decisions that must be made. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship UNIVERSITY OF KANSAS SCHOOL OF NURSING BACHELOR OF SCIENCE IN NURSING PROGRAM AND DELTA CHAPTER OF SIGMA THETA INTERNATIONAL en_US
dc.description.tableofcontents Editorial Mandatory Gardasil Vaccination in Adolescents Biethman, E Adolescent Bariatric Surgery: A life saving procedure or another failing technique Blurton, B R To Treat or Not To Treat? Cancer During Pregnancy Dudley, K It’s a Thin Line Between Confidentiality and Disclosing Patient Information. Horn, K G Ethical Considerations of Pharmaceutical Colonialism Lee, A Questioning the Persistent Vegetative State Medis, K J Pediatric Advance Directives: A Voice for the Voiceless Nelson, H Patient Autonomy and End-of-Life Care: Cross-Cultural Considerations Silvey, L Family Presence During Resuscitation in Adult Patients Tafreshi, D R Women’s Self-Help Groups in India: Gender Equity, a Human Right Wurtz, H
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.relation.ispartofseries The Journal of Undergraduate Nursing Writing;
dc.subject Cancer en_US
dc.subject Pregnancy en_US
dc.title To Treat or Not To Treat? Cancer During Pregnancy en_US
dc.type Article en_US
rft.spage 23 en_US

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