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Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology

Obstetrical Deliveries Associated With a Maternal Diagnosis of Malignant Disease

Principal Investigator: Associate Professor Anne Rodriguez, M.D.

 

Malignant disease occurring in women who are also pregnant or who undergo obstetrical delivery creates a serious management dilemma. Such cases often require consultation with multiple specialists and the well-being of the mother and unborn child are sometimes held in opposing balance. The current study is combining the California Hospital Discharge Database from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development with cancer cases documented in the California Cancer Registry. The study aims to evaluate more accurately and fully characterize the maternal and neonatal clinical outcomes of cases of maternal malignancy associated with obstetrical delivery. Although these cases are occurring in approximately 1 in 1,000 live births, they are extremely important to the women afflicted, and the goal is to learn as much as possible to optimize their clinical outcomes.