Cancer and pregnancy: Becoming parents after an oncological diagnosis in women

Lucia Bonassi, Gabriella Pravettoni, Fedro Alessandro Peccatori, Angelica Andreol, Martina Smorti, Andrea Greco, Chiara Ionio

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The issue of cancer and pregnancy will be increasingly topical giving the rising trend of women diagnosed with cancer during childbearing period. Although oncological progress has allowed women who receive cancer diagnosis before or during pregnancy to satisfy their desire for maternity and to carry on gestation, there is still few awareness. In this chapter we present our research project and results carry out to date. The aim is to better understand challenges of women who experience pregnancy after or during cancer compared with non-oncological sample. We focus on the impact of cancer in the construction of prenatal attachment and related psychological aspects. We study resilience considered as a protective factor in the construction of mother-fetus relationship. Then, we present the results of a qualitative study conducted in order to have a deeper understanding of the psychological dynamics that help women with cancer diagnosis to develop their maternal identity. We explore the topic of breastfeeding in women with cancer history, investigating how the feeding method is related to mother’s mood states. Finally, we present the results about the cortisol concentration measurement during pregnancy. Our results show how it is very important to give women with oncological diagnosis the adequate support during puerperium.
Lingua originaleEnglish
Titolo della pubblicazione ospiteKey Topics in Perinatal Mental Health
EditorAlessandra Bramante, Valeria Brenna, Carmine Pariante Mauro Percudani
Numero di pagine14
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2022


  • pregnancy, cancer


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