Fertility with Breast Cancer
Okay, so you just walked out of the medical physicians office and you are about to get into your car. Through the corner of your eye you see a woman about your age pushing a stroller with a four year old walking close holding a balloon. Suddenly you stop in your tracks and take pause of a scenario you have not given much thought to. All of a sudden it hits you and you never gave the thought of when to have children until this very moment. Climbing back into your car for the long drive home you are trying to think of how to approach your husband.
First you will discuss what transpired in the medical physician’s office and then you will try to ease into the discussion of the two of you having a family in the near future. You are very upset with the results of the tests that came back and more upset with the diagnosis that you at this young age have breast cancer. You already are aware that the recommendation for chemotherapy is on the plate, but you keep thinking that when you survive this breast cancer you want to begin a family.
Talking with your husband during dinner he is very supportive of you and what you must accomplish. He will be at your side each step of the way. Perhaps the two of you can have a discussion with the medical physician to find out what the options are. Will this be possible for you since you are only beginning? If chemotherapy is not mandatory in your case you may have other options open to you, but first you must think about staying strong. This is going to be a very long and painful road to travel and you will need all of your strength together with your husband to get through this.
Hormonal therapies are in reserve for women who are not within the menopause years. Chemotherapy can affect your menstrual cycle and cause your egg production to come to a sudden halt. Menstrual cycle changes are usually temporary, but this is an issue for the two of you to speak with the medical physician. Keeping in mind that fertility difficulties sometimes occur even with the best approach and attention.
Right now you have enough to concern yourself with. At the moment you might want to talk with your husband before beginning any treatment. Is it possible incase all does not go well the two of you would consider adoption once you survive this battle with breast cancer? Sadly, your fertility or lack of fertility will depend on the type and duration of the chemotherapy your medical physician prescribes. Statistically, most women over the age of forty will cease to menstruate, but this will also depend upon the drugs the medical physician is prescribing.
Women who have their ovaries removed surgically during the treatment of breast cancer obviously will never have children biologically, but the issue of adoption is always on the back burner. There are a few things you and your husband can consider as a safety incase the medical physician decides you must have chemotherapy.
Think about considering harvesting your eggs