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Having Children After Cancer: How to Make Informed Choices Before and After Treatment and Build the Family of Your Dreamsby Gina M Shaw
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Yes, you can have children after cancer.
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 you all the tools you need to:
"Shaw, a health and medical writer, breast cancer survivor, and mother of three, focuses on both practical and personal matters in this accessible, comprehensive look at becoming a parent after cancer. Diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36 and wary of pregnancy when her treatments ended, Shaw adopted a child, but later gave birth to two more. She maintains that while cancer treatment can put fertility at risk, damaging sperm and/or eggs, there is no reason why the disease should close the door to future parenthood. And while both cancer itself and treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation may cause fertility problems ranging from premature menopause to damaged DNA, there are many available solutions. The author urges couples to talk to their physicians about fertility issues as soon as possible, and walks readers through such options as egg, embryo, and ovarian tissue freezing for women and sperm banking for men. She maintains that the odds of getting one's fertility back after cancer may be better than expected, but helpfully also covers such alternatives as egg donors, surrogacy, and adoption. This is an invaluable guidebook for couples journeying into parenthood after cancer. (Feb.)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright PWyxz LLC)
The first book to address fertility and cancer in a comprehensive, prescriptive way, explaining which cancers and treatments affect fertility and presenting a wide range of family-building options.
Medical writer Gina Shaw and her husband were recently married and planning to get pregnant when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. Five years later, she’s not only a survivor, but a mother of two. While many people in their reproductive years are diagnosed with cancer, the fertility repercussions of treatment are often eclipsed by the primary objective of fighting the disease. This pioneering book examines the infertility risks of various cancers and treatments (for both men and women); explores all the latest options for starting a family (from ovarian tissue preservation to surrogacy); and tackles tough emotional and psychological issues. With a foreword by a top oncologist, this is the first all-in-one resource that no cancer patient or survivor who wants to have children should be without.
About the Author
GINA SHAW, a health and medical writer, was newly married and trying for a baby when—at age thirty-six—she was diagnosed with breast cancer. Now, seven years later, she’s a survivor and proud mother of three children, both adopted and biological. Gina chronicled her journey through breast cancer for Redbook in a five-part diary series. She won the Society of Professional Journalists’ award for a WebMD series and the Association of Women in Communications’ Clarion Award for another Redbook series, “The Fertility Diaries.” Her articles have also been published by Ladies’ Home Journal, Fitness, and Woman’s Day. She lives with her husband and children in Montclair, New Jersey.
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