Chronic lymphocytic leukemia (CLL) is a very common hematological disease that usually affects elderly people. Cases of CLL appearing alongside pregnancy are very rare. The latest case report published in 'ecancermedicalscience' describes the case of a woman who had the double burdens of chronic leukemia and an unplanned pregnancy.
The 36-year-old patient had finished a course of treatment for her CLL when she became unintentionally pregnant. Despite the threat of disease progression, she wished to continue her pregnancy.
Dr. Fedro Peccatori of the European Institute of Oncology, Milan, Italy, said, "Our report is unique as it raises awareness about this rare situation and the reproductive issues faced by these patients. Contraception is of utmost importance during oncological treatments and also after treatment, if patients are not interested in having children."
The patient had a medically induced-labor with a healthy delivery on Nov 15, 2014. Dr. Peccatori said, "The baby girl was of appropriate weight for gestational age and was breastfed for 11 months, and has not encountered any particular health issues in her first year of life."