Board Certification(s): Obstetrics and Gynecology, Maternal and Fetal Medicine
Office Location(s): Burlington, Camden, Pomona, Princeton, Sewell, Voorhees
Medical Group: Cooper University Physician
Approximately 1:1000 pregnancies are complicated by cancer. With women delaying childbearing to older ages, the diagnosis of cancer during pregnancy is increasing.
Because of the lack of data on pregnancy and cancer treatment outcomes for mother and child, women decline cancer treatment during pregnancy, termination of pregnancy is recommended by their doctors, or women are encouraged to deliver their newborns prematurely in order to begin cancer treatment postpartum.
A multi-center registry to record all cases of cancer diagnosed during pregnancy, included cases treated with chemotherapy during pregnancy with their respective outcomes is vital. Only by this means may we accrue the data we need to offer optimal treatment to our patients.
This is the purpose of the Cancer and Pregnancy Registry maintained at Cooper Medical School at Rowan University. Accumulating data on how women are diagnosed and treated internationally is analyzed to note trends in diagnostic delays in pregnancy to recommend improvements, and to collect long term outcome data for the mother and neonate to publish treatment choices which are safest for the mother and child.
Pregnant women calling the Registry after a diagnosis of cancer during pregnancy, are reassured to learn they are not the only pregnant woman to have experienced this diagnosis, and that long term outcome is being collected on neonates.
This provides valuable guidance, information and support for patients and oncologists with which to make informed decisions about treating cancer during pregnancy.
Thank you for this opportunity to join your registry. Also please keep me in mind for the next case study. I would love to be a part of it! Thank you for all that you do for all of us women that have gone on this journey with our babies & helping the journey be a little more reassuring for the women that have to go through it.
Thank you for the generosity of your time, wisdom and experience during my pregnancy. I continue to direct other to you for advice and believe the data you are acquiring will benefit many future generations.
~ The Burkhow Family
Thank you Dr. Cardonick for helping me make the choice of life! Best thing that has ever happened to me.
Thank you for all you do to help women experiencing cancer while pregnant. Your knowledge, confidence, compassion and data were absolutely invaluable to me during my last pregnancy. The work you are doing is incredible!! Thank you so much for giving our family HOPE… actually “Thank you” isn’t even close to enough to give back to you and your team…
I am always so happy to open a letter from you and know that you are still committed to this study. Thank you for that. I hope all is well with you and your family. Our family is doing well at the moment, especially Lauren. She is growing into a budding teenager. Sometimes acting way too old for her age and mostly still naive and innocent. She is very social with tons of friends. Loves to dance, sing (auditioning for her school play today and wants nothing but a lead) plays basketball and softball. Lauren Is very outgoing and not shy at all. She is sensitive- sometimes to a fault. Not always the best student, a little lazy and loses focus when she finds things difficult. She is working on this and has done much better this year. I’m hoping she’s growing out of it. (My son had a lot of the same issues) Her teachers love her though, always trying to change the subject from the C she got in math to “what a lovely girl she Is,” during her conferences. She’s living in a house where all her siblings are now adults so It can be a bit challenging sometimes, but she is good. Her siblings want to kill their annoying little sister most days but I think that’s normal and I remind them that she still HAS to live here, they don’t.
We are a little extra cautious with Laurens health but all in all she is a pretty normal kid. We are so lucky to have found you when we did. I had some doctors who realty didn’t have a clue what direction to send me. I just remember how at ease you put me during the worst time of my life. Thank You from the bottom of my heart.
I wish you were able to see my “anxiety meter.” Since our meeting, it has plummeted to the level where all other normal mid-thirty mothers are. I look at Will with confidence now, instead of worry. What an incredible gift you have given my family. The gift of knowing for sure that our decisions didn’t harm our child.
I wonder if you’ll ever truly realize the magnitude of the research you are doing. There will probably be thousands of women who will look to it someday. They’ll be silently praying for something hopeful to answer the questions that their doctors can’t. I believe that this study will do just that.
You are amazing. I’m incredibly thankful that I made the decision to contact you. I’m also so happy that I had the opportunity to hug your neck. I felt honored that you came up to meet Will and me.
Dr. Gringlas was a pleasure. She was incredibly professional, wonderful with Will, and sympathetic to our situation. Knowing that she could relate to what I had gone through when I was sick helped calm my nerves. It’s always comforting to know that we are not alone.
I wish you the best of luck with the rest of the study. If there is ever anything that I can do to help please let me know. We look forward to seeing you again in two years!
Dear Suzanne, I am going to do my best to make this letter short but I could go on for days about how much Dr. Cardonick and her knowledge about pregnancy and cancer has helped us. I was about 13 weeks when diagnosed with breast cancer and the first thing in my mind was not me it was my baby. We, of coarse, thought we would have to terminate. The best thing that happened to us at this horrible time was meeting Dr. Cardonick. She was able to help us understand that I could still get the treatment I needeed without hurting our baby. She was able to give us other patients she had cared for in the past to talk to. Any question we had, she could answer and make us feel 100% better. We would have never been able to get through that time in our lives as easy as we did without her. I thank God she does what she does.