Melanoma complicating pregnancy.


The incidence of malignant melanoma is rising, and this may be the most frequently encountered malignancy during pregnancy. Because effective treatment of advanced or metastatic disease remains elusive, the key to adequate therapy is surveillance for early disease with prompt diagnostic work-up and treatment. Review of the most prominent reports in the literature fails to yield a consensus on whether pregnancy contributes to a worse prognosis. It seems clear that after controlling for all known prognostic variables, prognosis is unchanged; however, groups of patients diagnosed during pregnancy may have a disproportionately high incidence of high-risk primary lesion sites and increased tumor thickness. Surgical treatment during pregnancy should be prompt, with appropriate avoidance of general anesthesia during the first trimester. There is as yet insufficient evidence to warrant the use of adjuvant chemotherapy or biologic therapy during pregnancy.

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@article{Squatrito1998MelanomaCP, title={Melanoma complicating pregnancy.}, author={Riccardo Squatrito and Seth P. Harlow}, journal={Obstetrics and gynecology clinics of North America}, year={1998}, volume={25 2}, pages={407-16} }