Quality & Safety

Pregnancy and Cancer Treatment: Developing a Standardized Testing Policy and Procedure

Barbara Jagels

Leila Amin

Annika Gustafson

pregnancy testing, cancer treatment, standards, policy, electronic health record
CJON 2018, 22(2), 218-219. DOI: 10.1188/18.CJON.218-219

Systematic gaps for pregnancy screening and testing of patients with cancer persist. Absent or inconsistent guidelines and policies are barriers to standardized practice. Awareness among oncology nurses is needed to promote safe cancer care, prevent patient harm, and uphold patient-centered care.


  • Guidelines and policies lack standardization in pregnancy testing for women of childbearing potential with cancer.
  • Partnering with patients through communication and education is crucial to draw awareness to the importance of pregnancy prevention and detection in proximity to cancer treatment.
  • Systems-based support bolsters providers in pregnancy screening and testing policy implementation.
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