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Breast cancer treatment often impacts a woman's ability to become pregnant and this can be difficult news to hear. Research indicates that many breast cancer patients, especially young survivors, are concerned about fertility. Still, many don’t bring it up with their doctors. Whether you had planned to begin a family, continue to grow a family, or have children someday, the best time to begin a discussion about post-treatment fertility concerns is before beginning treatment.
One of the biggest challenges to becoming pregnant after cancer treatment is the time it takes to complete treatment, while a woman’s ovaries are aging, and fertility is decreasing.
If you had been planning to start or add to your family you might want to begin a discussion about post-treatment fertility concerns with your provider before beginning treatment.
Many challanges to fertility are present after cancer treatment.
Our experts at the Johns Hopkins Fertility Preservation Center, will consult with your oncologist to evaluate whether you are a candidate for fertility preservation.
What Is Fertility Preservation?
The goal of fertility preservation is implantation of a pregnancy years later, once treatment is complete and a pregnancy is felt to be safe.
Our nurse navigator can help set you up with a consultation with one of our fertility preservation experts. We encourage you to share your questions and concerns about fertility early in the process, so that you can make informed decisions about your particular situation.