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: How to Make Informed Choices Before and After Treatment and Build the Family of Your Dreams

Format:  Paperback,

208 pages

Publisher: Random House Inc

Publish Date: Feb 2011

ISBN-13: 9781587610547

ISBN-10: 158761054X

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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:
Understand how different cancers can affect fertilityIdentify which treatments―chemo, radiation, and surgery―can potentially impair your fertilityDiscuss 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 medical historyConsider adoption and learn about survivor-friendly adoption programs and countriesFind sample medical letters and other insurance-company red-tape busting information Think through the implications of mother- and fatherhood after cancerFigure out how to talk to your children about the big CWith a foreword by top oncologist Hope 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.


Publisher: Random House Inc
Publish Date: Feb 2011
ISBN-13: 9781587610547
ISBN-10: 158761054X
Format: Paperback
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
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Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. viii
Forewordp. x
Introduction Having Children After Cancer: The Joy and the Worryp. 1
Cancer and the Chance of Children: How Cancer Treatments Affect Your Fertilityp. 9
Hold On to What You've Got: Fertility Preservationp. 31
Not So Inconceivable: Spontaneous Conception and Assisted Reproductionp. 73
Third-Party Lines: Embryo or Egg Donation and Surrogacyp. 87
Be My Baby: Adoptionp. 101
I'm Pregnant-Now What? A Healthy Pregnancy After Cancerp. 149
What's Cancer, Mom? Fears and Concerns About Parenting After Cancerp. 173
Resourcesp. 183
Notesp. 199
About the Authorp. 203
Indexp. 204


Review by Library Journal (2011-01-01)

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

(c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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