During the closing ceremony of the ESGO congress in Vienna, dr. ir. Liesbeth Lenaerts, received a certificate for Best Oral Presentation.

As a postdoctoral researcher within INCIP and KU Leuven, she is working on 'Sensitivity of non-invasive prenatal test for cancer detection and treatment monitoring, in pregnant women'.

Recently we received a KWF grant (Dutch Cancer Society) to further expand the research on Post Partum Breast Cancer. 

Brief description of this research:

A heartwarming ending of 2016! Thanks to one of the grants from KWF (Dutch Cancer Society), Frédéric Amant is able to further expand the research on Cancer and Pregnancy in The Netherlands.
The grant was awarded for his CRADLE Project: Cancer tReAtment During pregnancy: from fetaL to maternal safety Efficacy. We thank all volunteers of the KWF Dutch Cancer Society.



In 2015, the ESGO Taskforce on Cancer in Pregnancy has been transformed to the International Network on Cancer, Infertility and Pregnancy (INCIP). With this transformation, a rapidly growing number of the members and with that the fields of experience.

The press release at European Cancer Congress  in Vienna on the New England Journal of Medicine paper “

The INCIP group was asked to give its expert opinion in The ASCO Post on the article ‘Ovarian Suppression During Chemotherapy Preserves Fertility in Young Women With Breast Cancer’.

In our international registry where we collect clinical data from pregnant cancer patients, it appears that conception occurred after the cancer diagnosis in 3% of cases. These women conceived in the period of staging or during cancer treatment. Although we have now more options to treat cancer during pregnancy, it is still better to avoid pregnancy. Therefore, we advocate adequate contraception in young women recently diagnosed with cancer.

On Sunday 10 May 2015 we organised a Family Day for the families who are involved in our research project. We want to go beyond scientific research and clinical treatments. That is why we pay attention to our connection with the families and to their efforts to cope with the exceptional and emotional process of their pregnancy. 

New doctoral research confirms that chemotherapy is just as effective in pregnant women as it is in non-pregnant women. Drawing on insights from ten years of research and clinical work in the field, Frédéric Amant provided an overview of the state of the art at the ‘Cancer in Young Women’ international symposium in Leuven, Belgium on 5-6 February 2015.