Pregnancy After Cancer

IVF Protocol with an Egg Donor Backup

becoming-pregnant-after-cancerInteresting article about getting pregnant after cancer. There are some pregnancy contraindications and a few of them are mentioned at the end of the article. Our IVF clinics also require a note from patient's oncologist before commencing IVF treatments.

If you are in complete remission and if you wish to have an IVF cycle using your own eggs, our fertility doctors can help. The best predictive factor for determining whether the patient will be able to use her own eggs is patient's ovarian reserve. Once you share the results of the three tests with us, our fertility specialists will let you know whether using your own eggs is an option.

In situations when the prognosis is unclear, we can offer you a uniquely designed IVF protocol with an egg donor backup. Essentially, we will start you, as if you were using your own eggs. At the same time, we will also start stimulating an egg donor whose eggs will be used, if your own eggs don’t develop. If you are able to use your own eggs, the clinic will either donate the eggs retrieved from the donor or you can cryopreserve them for later use. Contact us, if you wish to receive pricing information for this type of IVF protocol.

Christina Applegate: Pregnancy After Breast Cancer, Triumph or Mistake?
Posted by Sasha Brown-Worsham on August 17, 2010

In 2008, Christina Applegate famously had a double mastectomy and breast reconstruction following her breast cancer diagnosis in the summer of 2008. Two years later, she announced her pregnancy.

It seems like a moment of triumph. As a breast cancer survivor and activist, Applegate is bringing life into a body that just two years ago struggled so hard, but is it safe?

Experts say it is. According to ABC News, pregnancy after breast cancer has been in remission a certain amount of time is no more dangerous than any other time in a woman's life.

Indeed, research has shown that pregnancy may actually protect women against a recurrence of cancer.

How's that for triumph?

My mother died of breast cancer when I was 16, so for me, these kinds of studies are always bittersweet. I wish that no one ever had to have the disease, but I am so happy that people can still go on to live normal lives.

The endings are not always so happy, though and if you are dealing with cancer and you would like to have a baby in the future, ABC News listed the following pieces of advice:

• Women in the late 30's may wish to freeze their eggs so they can wait until after treatment to go forward with a pregnancy.
• Anyone in a more advanced stage who also needs chemotherapy is advised not to get pregnant.
• Tamoxifen (a treatment drug) is associated with birth defects. If you take it, experts advise waiting.
• Women carrying a genetic mutation (like Applegate) that predisposes them to cancer have an elevated risk for other cancers, too. They should be screened thoroughly.

Bearing all of this in mind, pregnancy can be safe, so at least that is one less thing that breast cancer takes away from women.

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