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Fertility After Breast Cancer

6:17 PM, Dec 30, 2010   |    comments
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BUFFALO, NY (WGRZ) -- It's a major concern for women diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age:  will getting pregnant cause my cancer to return?  And will my fertility be affected by the chemotherapy and radiation I received as part of my treatment? 

Breast cancer experts at Roswell Park Cancer Institute recommend that women have a candid conversation with their doctors about the statistical likelihood of a cancer recurrence based on the type, size and stage of their cancer as well as the type of treatment they received.

Fertility can be affected by chemotherapy.  Some women do become permanently menopausal as a result of chemo-- it really depends on the age of the patient and the type of chemotherapy regime that's used.    

"When women have a great prognosis-- its nice to be able to-- ya know offer them things that enhance their quality of life and allow them to have a normal family life and all of those things are really rewarding," said Tracey O'Connor, MD, a Roswell Park Oncologist.

Watch the story of a Roswell breast cancer patient who made the journey from survivor to mom-to-be. 

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