Fertility

       

 

       

Being diagnosed with breast cancer in your 20ís, 30ís and even early 40ís also leaves you facing fertility issues.  More and more women are not starting their families today until much later because of careers.  In my situation, I was blessed to have had my son prior to my diagnosis.

After the initial shock of being told I had breast cancer and as we got into the details about treatment options, I questioned whether or not I could or should have more kids after breast cancer.  I asked about storing eggs but my doctor told me it was not an option for me.  When I asked my doctor about getting pregnant again, I was told that I was done having children because my cancer was hormone positive.  When I responded that I simply could not accept that answer, I was told to wait at least five years.  Here is my thinking:  pregnancy did not cause my cancer.  Yes, it helped the cancer to grow which I think happens in many cases and may be why so many breast cancers are discovered during or shortly after a pregnancy.  But I donít believe that getting pregnant automatically causes a reoccurrence.  In fact, one of my doctors informed me of a study done at MD Anderson that followed all of their young breast cancer patients.  Ironically, the ones that went on to have pregnancies had a higher survival rate than those that did not have children afterwards. Click here to view this study.

 


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