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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
Synopses & Reviews
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 andevolving 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 needto:
Understand how different cancers can affect fertilityIdentify which treatments―chemo, radiation, and surgery―can potentially impair yourfertilityDiscuss fertility-sparing treatment options with your doctorSelect the fertility preservation method that's right for you--from freezing eggs, embryos, and sperm to preserving ovarian tissueAnalyze the chances of getting pregnant--using natural methods and with in vitro fertilizationDeterminethe 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 medicalhistoryConsider adoption and learn about survivor-friendly adoption programs and countriesFind sample medical letters and other insurance-company red-tape busting informationThink through the implications of mother- and fatherhood after cancerFigure out how to talk to your children about the big CWith a foreword by top oncologistHope Rugo of the UCSF Cancer Center, this first and only cancer-and-fertility guide for patients and survivors will allow you to be your own best advocate throughout the journey.
Fromthe Trade Paperback edition.
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 M. SHAW is a health and medical writer and breast cancer survivor who chronicled her journey through cancer for Redbook. 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 in Ladies’ Home Journal, Fitness, and Woman’s Day.
Table of Contents
Cancer and the chance of children: how cancer treatments affect your fertility — Hold on to what you've got: fertility preservation — Be my baby: adoption — Not so inconceivable: spontaneous conception and assisted reproduction — Third-party lines: embryo or egg donation and surrogacy — I?m pregnant? now what? a healthy pregnancy after cancer — What's cancer, mom? fears and concerns about parenting after cancer.
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