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Surviving treatment Cancer treatments are necessary to survive cancer, but may also damage fertility. A discussion of fertility preservation measures that can be taken before treatments to ensure fertility preservation in recovery.

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Old 05-03-2008, 09:33 AM
 
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When I was diagnosed with cancer my thinking process was not too clear. For a while I thought it meant my life was over. Thatís why before my radiation treatments began I couldnít get interested in anything else. Not school or my wedding or any of things that seemed so important just before. So when my doctor started talking about fertility preservation, I was not really listening. I sort of agreed to go see a specialist because frankly it just seemed like all part of the new life Iíd fallen into which included waiting rooms, lots of waiting and a whole lot of uncertainty. Still I consented to have some ovarian tissue frozen before the treatments just to keep them safe. Frankly, part of me couldnít see the point, but I did it anyhow. Now five years later my cancer is in remission, and my frozen tissue and my husbands sperm have been used to fertilize two pregnancies in a surrogate. The first child was a beautiful girl, and then there came the twin boys. Looking back now, I see how easy it would have been to have said ďNoĒ to the fertility preservation procedure only to realize when I was still young that Iíd missed my chance to have children. Now having survived cancer, and having three children and all since I was 38 makes me feel like Iíve been reborn. Donít give in to the cancer. Keep your spirits up, and assume that you will beat it, and be sure to talk to someone about preserving your fertility while you still have the chance.
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Old 05-14-2008, 01:55 PM
 
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I'm surprised to see infertility issues impacting people with cancer -- but I shouldn't be! Guess I never thought about it before. I've always thought these procedures were only for women who want babies. Never thought that it might be used for other kinds of patients, but now I realize there are who other categories of people out there who struggle with these sort of issues. Kudos! Great! You go girl!
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Old 02-04-2009, 07:18 AM
 
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I am hearing more about the nasty effects of cancer treatmens on fertility. Maybe that's because more people are surviving and after they emerge in recovery they want to get their lives back, including having families. What better way to celebrate your survival than to have a child!
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Old 02-05-2009, 08:16 AM
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I am so glad to see this issue added to this site. When I was dealing with breast cancer, I never heard thing-one about how the drugs and radiation could do other things to me like losing my fertility.
That's exactly what happened and now I am working with a doctor in NY to try to help me.
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Old 02-13-2009, 08:20 AM
 
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Here's a wonderful story about cancer survival. I also like the cute name!

Ironic Twist of Fate: my first cancerversary
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Old 02-27-2009, 09:39 AM
 
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Wonderful story!
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Old 03-10-2009, 08:44 AM
 
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Great story! Somehow I'd missed it.
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Old 03-16-2009, 08:57 AM
 
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Going back for a "recovery" visit and to discuss my options for post-chemo pregnancy.
Fingers crossed!
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