|:||Rugo, Hope S., M.D.|
|Publisher:||Random House Inc|
|Publish Date:||Feb 2011|
|Number of Pages:||208|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||0.6|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||5.75 x 9.25 x 0.75|
|Introduction Having Children After Cancer: The Joy and the Worry||p. 1|
|Cancer and the Chance of Children: How Cancer Treatments Affect Your Fertility||p. 9|
|Hold On to What You've Got: Fertility Preservation||p. 31|
|Not So Inconceivable: Spontaneous Conception and Assisted Reproduction||p. 73|
|Third-Party Lines: Embryo or Egg Donation and Surrogacy||p. 87|
|Be My Baby: Adoption||p. 101|
|I'm Pregnant-Now What? A Healthy Pregnancy After Cancer||p. 149|
|What's Cancer, Mom? Fears and Concerns About Parenting After Cancer||p. 173|
|About the Author||p. 203|
Health writer Shaw explores her own attempts to have children after surviving breast cancer; she both adopted and had a biological child after completing her treatment. She explains her decision-making process and the alternatives available to those who recover from cancer. Freezing eggs in advance, surrogates, and other forms of assisted reproduction also are addressed. She offers specifics that may not have occurred to many, e.g., the rejection of some applicants with a history of cancer in the adoption process and breastfeeding after mastectomy.
This first-person narrative employs a personal and friendly tone. Shaw includes practical questions to ask yourself if you're considering different procedures along with a helpful list of resources. Though she does mention men who have had cancer and those who survived childhood cancer, most of the book is directed to women who survived early adult cancers.
Verdict: Practical and helpful, this is recommended for cancer survivors and others facing fertility issues.
-Elizabeth Williams, Washoe Cty. Lib. Syst., Reno, NV
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