Abstract BACKGROUND: Breast cancer diagnosed during pregnancy is a challenging clinical situation. Little data are currently available about chemotherapy in pregnant women with this malignancy. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 36-year-old pregnant woman with a T2N1M0 breast cancer who received sequential chemotherapy including epirubicin (120 mg/m2 every three weeks for four cycles) and paclitaxel (175 mg/m2 every three weeks for three cycles) from the 14th to the 32nd week of gestation. The patient delivered a normal female baby by caesarean section at the 36th week. The immunohistochemical examination of the placenta showed a diffuse, strong P-glycoprotein expression. Thirty-six months after the delivery, the mother was disease-free and the infant showed normal development and growth. DISCUSSION: Sequential chemotherapy including epirubicin and paclitaxel should be taken into consideration as adjuvant treatment for pregnant women with high-risk breast cancer. The strong placental expression of P-glycoprotein may play a major role in limiting fetal exposure to anthracyclines and taxanes.

Chemotherapy with epirubicin and paclitaxel for breast cancer during pregnancy: case report and review of the literature

GADDUCCI, ANGIOLO;RONCELLA M;GENAZZANI, ANDREA
2003

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Abstract BACKGROUND: Breast cancer diagnosed during pregnancy is a challenging clinical situation. Little data are currently available about chemotherapy in pregnant women with this malignancy. CASE REPORT: We report the case of a 36-year-old pregnant woman with a T2N1M0 breast cancer who received sequential chemotherapy including epirubicin (120 mg/m2 every three weeks for four cycles) and paclitaxel (175 mg/m2 every three weeks for three cycles) from the 14th to the 32nd week of gestation. The patient delivered a normal female baby by caesarean section at the 36th week. The immunohistochemical examination of the placenta showed a diffuse, strong P-glycoprotein expression. Thirty-six months after the delivery, the mother was disease-free and the infant showed normal development and growth. DISCUSSION: Sequential chemotherapy including epirubicin and paclitaxel should be taken into consideration as adjuvant treatment for pregnant women with high-risk breast cancer. The strong placental expression of P-glycoprotein may play a major role in limiting fetal exposure to anthracyclines and taxanes.
Gadducci, Angiolo; Cosio, S; Fanucchi, A; Nardini, V; Roncella, M; Conte, Pf; Genazzani, Andrea
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