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 Getting Pregnant after a Successful Cancer Treatment

Getting Pregnant after a Successful Cancer Treatment

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Thinking about having a baby after a cancer treatment, but worried whether you can get pregnant or not? Do not worry, as many cancer survivors who were told that cancer treatment could lead to reduced fertility have had children.

Wednesday, May 24th, 2017

Your chances of getting pregnant after cancer treatment depend on diagnosis, the type of treatment and the doses of medication and radiation you received during the course of your treatment.

If you are planning for a baby after a cancer treatment, then ask your doctor

• How long to wait before trying to get pregnant?
• Whether trying to get pregnant will affect your follow-up care or increase the risk of recurrence?

Type of Treatment that can
Affect your Fertility

Knowing the type of treatment that can affect your fertility might help you deal with the possibilities of getting pregnant both emotionally as well as physically. Some treatment options along with their effects on fertility are:

  • Surgery: Surgical option of cancer treatment involves removing a part of the reproductive organs. Ask your doctor about your
    chances of becoming pregnant if your treatment involved surgery.
  • Radiation Treatments: Treatment with radiation might damage your eggs. However, depending upon the area of treatment and the type used, it is possible to shield the ovaries from getting damage or move ovaries out of the radiation portal. Consider talking to your doctor about your chances of conceiving if your treatment involved radiation.
  • Chemotherapy: Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely to lead to infertility when compared to others. Talk with your doctor to know whether the drugs you are taking will put you at risk of fertility problems.

How Can You Help Yourself?

  • Talk with your doctor about all your available options and then come up with a plan.
  • Be positive in your journey to get pregnant. Remember, you are not alone. Take help and support from your friends and family.
  • Follow healthy eating habits and exercise regime
  • Join networks of other cancer survivors and take inspiration from them. This will help you stay motivated.
  • Moreover, if getting pregnant naturally is a problem for you, you might also consider other available options of becoming a parent such as adoption

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