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Having Children After Cancer:How to Make Informed Choices before and After Treatment and Build the Family of Your Dreams

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Having Children After Cancer

Having Children After Cancer: How to Make Informed Choices Before and After Treatment and Build the Family of Your Dreams by Gina M. Shaw

Publisher: Celestial Arts; 1 edition (February 22, 2011)
ISBN-10: 158761054X
ISBN-13: 978-1587610547


When faced with a cancer diagnosis, many doctors and patients rush full-speed ahead into treatment, giving minimal attention to the potential fertility implications. Luckily, the field of oncofertility is growing quickly, and medical writer Gina Shaw, herself a cancer survivor, is ready to unravel the complex and evolving issues involved in pre- and post-cancer fertility and family-building options-for both men and women. Having Children After Cancer gives all the tools to:

  • Understand how different cancers can affect fertility
  • Identify which treatments?chemo, radiation, and surgery?can potentially impair your  fertility
  • Discuss fertility-sparing treatment options with your doctor
  • Select the fertility preservation method that's right for you-from freezing eggs, embryos,and sperm to preserving ovarian tissue
  • Analyze the chances of getting pregnant-using natural methods and with in vitro fertilization
  • Determine the best time to get pregnant (and which drug therapies to avoid while doing so)
  • Have a healthy post-cancer pregnancyNavigate surrogacy and what to tell prospective candidates about your medical history
  • Consider adoption and learn about survivor-friendly adoption programs and countries
  • Find sample medical letters and other insurance-company red-tape busting information
  • Think through the implications of mother- and fatherhood after cancer
  • Figure out how to talk to your children about the big C
last updated on Friday, October 04, 2013