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  • Q&A with Australian Health Practitioners

    Are there any cases with successful post treatment pregnancies for women diagnosed & treated for GBM brain cancer?

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  • Dr Gary Sykes

    Obstetrician

    Dr Gary Sykes is a graduate Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (M.B, B.S.) from Sydney University. He commenced his initial postgraduate training at … View Profile

    Glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) is reported to be the most common and most aggressive malignant primary brain tumour in humans.

    While there are a number of reports of GBM being diagnosed in pregnancy, and the implication pregnancy has on the management of GBM and that GBM has on the management of pregnancy, there is one article (Clin Oncol (R Coll Radiol). 2012 May; 24(4):311. doi: 10.1016/j.clon.2012.01.005.Successful pregnancy and delivery after concomitant temozolomide and radiotherapy treatment of glioblastoma multiforme. McGrane J, Bedford T, Kelly S) I found on pregnancy and delivery after GME treatment. I have not been able to access the full article at this stage, as it is not in a journal I use.

    But one would need to be guarded and there should be an in depth discussion with both the doctors who have been managing the glioblastoma and the obstetrician. There will need to be consideration of questions such as
    • What will be the possible impact of the pregnancy on my GBM prognosis?
    • What will be the possible impact of the management of my GBM on my planned pregnancy?
    • What will be the possible implications if there is recurrence of GBM during pregnancy both on my pregnancy and management of my GBM?

  • Melee Vau

    HealthShare Member

    thank you for your thoughtful reply. i will let my daughter know.

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