Cancer Now, Babies Later - Advance Planning Pays Off

Women are surviving cancer in rates higher than ever before and many of them long for babies once cancer is history. As a result, women of childbearing years who have cancer can expect to discuss with their oncologist their plans for children ... read more »

Patient's Biomarkers for Better Ovarian Cancer Treatment

It is expected that oncologists will someday be able to evaluate a patient’s biomarkers before initiating chemotherapy to determine which forms of treatment are most likely to succeed. ... read more »

Reversing Damaged Eggs Due to Cancer Treatments

Researchers at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, have found a way to reverse the damage done to the immature eggs (oocytes) of female mice exposed to radiation. ... read more »

Fertility Increasingly Possible After Childhood Cancer

Improvements in cancer therapy throughout the years have made chemotherapy and radiation treatments less invasive and less destructive than they were a few decades ago. These therapies attack with a vengeance and often leaves the child infertile. ... read more »

Why Do Cancer Treatments Differ from Person to Person?

Researchers from Australia seem to be one step closer to solving the mystery of why cancer treatments work in one patient but not another. ... read more »

Reproductive Breakthrough: Sperm Developed From Cells

Researchers at Ben-Gurion University have developed normal sperm from mouse cells. The cells were extracted from the testicles of mice. ... read more »

Cancer Treatment in the Premenopausal Woman

Researchers believe keystone research into ovarian reserve, markers are crucial to the future of reproductive medicine. Thousands of women undergo cancer treatments each year, some of which affects fertility by destroying follicles that play a crucial part in egg maturation and overall fertility. ... read more »

Localized Treatment for Invasive Ductal Carcinoma

Once invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) has been diagnosed and the stage, grade, and hormone receptor status have been identified, your doctor can then put together a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate the cancer. ... read more »

Freezing Sperm Before Treatment for Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Men with a Hodgkin's lymphoma who want to have children after cancer treatment stand a better chance of fatherhood if they have their sperm frozen and stored before beginning treatment. ... read more »

Drug During Chemotherapy Spares Fertility

Approximately 25% of breast cancer patients in the United States are younger than 50. The chemotherapy used to treat breast cancer often causes these young women to experience symptoms of menopause. ... read more »

Chemotherapy Has Bigger Impact on Fertility

New research indicates that chemotherapy has a bigger impact on female fertility than many reports reveal. The new research results could give doctors and patients more appropriate and realistic information on the long-term effects of chemotherapy on fertility. ... read more »

Chemotherapy During Pregnancy: No Developmental Problem Risk

Using chemotherapy during pregnancy for the treatment of cancer comes with great concern for the health of the fetus. Researchers have recently completed a study involving a small number of children born after in-utero exposure to chemotherapy. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: Hormonal Therapy

In addition to chemotherapy, another systemic treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is hormonal therapy. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: HER2 Targeted Therapies

In addition to chemotherapy, another systemic treatment for invasive ductal carcinoma (IDC) is HER2 targeted therapy. If your cancer tests positive for HER2 proteins, HER2 targeted therapy is almost always included in the treatment plan. ... read more »

Treating Invasive Ductal Carcinoma: Chemotherapy

After the total profile for invasive ductal carcinoma has been determined, including the stage, grade, and hormone receptor status, your treatment team will put together a comprehensive treatment plan to eliminate your cancer and, hopefully, prevent its return. ... read more »

Chemotherapy: A Safe Option During Pregnancy?

As the average age of pregnancy is slowly increasing, so are the rates of pregnant women being diagnosed with various forms of cancer. ... read more »

Childhood Cancer Can Increase Pregnancy Complications

Pregnancy in childhood cancer survivors could be riskier than previously thought. Chances of premature labor, early delivery and hemorrhage are higher in certain cancer cases. ... read more »

The Winter Holidays Approach: Chemotherapy

In the two weeks that followed my second chemotherapy treatment, I progressively got more tired and weak. I was still working part time, but when I came home from work, I was so tired, all I could do was lay on the couch and rest. ... read more »

My First Encounter With the Red Devil (Adriamycin)

I didn’t choose breast cancer…it chose me.  Now, it was time to fight it.  Just 8 days after officially being diagnosed with breast cancer, I received my first dose of chemotherapy.  It was a Tuesday. ... read more »

Neoadjuvant Chemotherapy for Breast Cancer

I’ve discussed previously adjuvant therapy for breast cancer. There are two classifications for cancer treatments: adjuvant and neoadjuvant. Neoadjuvant therapy is treatment administered prior to primary therapy. ... read more »

Tips for Coping with Chemotherapy Induced Nausea and Vomiting

If you’re struggling with chemotherapy-induced nausea, here are a few more tips to help you ease it and cope with it. ... read more »

Marinol (Dronabinol)

Although it is not legal to smoke the natural plant form of this substance in many states, there is a synthetic form available in pill form called Marinol (Dronabinol) that is legal in every state by prescription only. ... read more »

Adriamycin Round Two

The Thursday before my second round of chemotherapy, my hair started falling out. I was 16 days after my first treatment. It was emotionally traumatic, even though I had already cut off most of the length. ... read more »

How Breast Cancer Affects Fertility

Breast cancer does play a role in fertility; however, each woman's situation is unique. It's important to meet with your physician to discuss your options. ... read more »

Cervical Cancer Treatment

Early cervical cancer is often completely cured by removing cancerous tissue in the cervix. There are a number of surgical methods that can be used to remove cancerous tissue. ... read more »

Regaining Fertility After Cancer Treatments

Not all cancer treatments cause irreversible infertility. The only time a patient will be permanently affected by the treatment is if the eggs are all destroyed (in women) or the stem cells are destroyed (in men). ... read more »

Temozolomide and Gonadal Function in Brain Tumor Patients

Cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy are known to reduce or eliminate fertility, but medications can also have a negative impact on gonadal function, sperm production and fertility. ... read more »

Molar Pregnancy Minus the Chemotherapy

Molar pregnancy, hydatidiform mole or H mole refers to an abnormal uterine growth where the product of the union of the egg and sperm does not become a fetus but instead, grape like sacs are formed. ... read more »

Cancer During Pregnancy

Research is lacking, so there is very little proven fact to guide patients and doctors down the proper treatment path. We do know, however, that a woman who is diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy can carry the fetus to term and deliver a healthy infant. ... read more »

Dealing With Cancer During Pregnancy

A woman who is diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy can carry the fetus to term and deliver a healthy infant. ... read more »

Uterine Tissue Grafting and Spontaneous Conception

Cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, often leave women sterile. In Italy, a woman was given the chance to conceive and give birth naturally via ovarian tissue grafting. ... read more »

ER-Positive Breast Cancer and Controlled Ovarian Stimulation

Patients with ER (estrogen receptor) positive breast cancer may choose to preserve fertility using cryopreservation. The process included COS (controlled ovarian stimulation) to harvest eggs for cryopreservation. ... read more »

Preserving Fertility Should Become a Priority in Cancer Care

Infertility is one of the most distressing long-term effects of cancer treatments for adolescents and teenagers. ... read more »

Stem Cells Provide Fertility Hope for Pre-Pubescent Boys

Cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy have advanced dramatically in the last few decades. Cancer survival rates in children, teens and adults are higher than ever, but for pre-pubescent boys, those treatments often leave them infertile. ... read more »

Am I Able to Get Pregnant After…

In many cases, illness, disease and injury will not affect the ability to become pregnant, but that is not always the case. ... read more »

Cancer Treatments and Infertility

Whether cancer treatments cause infertility depends mostly on whether and where radiation is being directed. Chemotherapy, on the other hand rarely affects fertility long-term. ... read more »

Ovarian Cancer and Pregnancy

When you have ovarian cancer pregnancy is something that should be avoided if at all possible until you have been treated successfully. ... read more »

Ovarian Tissue Preservation and Cancer Treatment

For young women who’ve been hit with a cancer diagnosis, fertility preservation is a topic of much concern. ... read more »

Embryo Banking and Cancer Treatment

Embryo banking is an option for women facing fertility problems, but women with cancer can also use the procedure to increase their chance of having children after treatment. ... read more »

What is Oncofertility?

Oncofertility is a term no one wants to hear, but it is a term some young men and women are faced with after an early-in-life cancer diagnosis. The term onco refers to cancer and fertility refers to the ability to conceive. ... read more »

My Second Week After Chemotherapy

On the Monday after my first Adriamycin chemotherapy treatment, I had a physical exam from my oncologist. The doctor sat down with me first and asked how I was coping with the whole cancer concept in general, and how I was feeling overall. ... read more »

A Wake-Up Call

About a week and a half after my second round of Adriamycin, I had a very scary wake-up call. Although one of the side effects of one of my nausea medications was appetite stimulation, I was still not very good at eating the way I should. ... read more »

Questions for Your Doctor About Your Cancer Type

When you first receive a breast cancer diagnosis, there are things you need to know about what has determined your type of breast cancer. ... read more »

Breastfeeding and Cancer Patients: Rules May Soon Change

I have two friends that suffered breast cancer before the age of 40. Breast cancer is not the only form of cancer affecting women of child-bearing age. Young women suffer from colorectal cancer, lymphoma, leukemia and other forms of cancer. ... read more »

Gonadal Suppression and Cancer Treatment

Cancer treatments like radiation and chemotherapy can reduce or eliminate fertility for female patients. Before starting therapy, women who want to increase the chance of conceiving after treatments are complete often seek out methods fertility preservation. ... read more »

Neulasta (Pegfilgrastim) Injections with Chemotherapy

For the three months that I was receiving Adriamycin, I also had to come in the day following each treatment to receive a Neulasta injection. Neulasta is a drug called pegfilgrastim.  ... read more »

Chemotherapy and Menopause

As my chemotherapy treatments continued, I began to notice symptoms of menopause appear. I became short tempered, my periods stopped altogether, and I began to have insomnia and hot flashes. This is not uncommon with chemotherapy treatments. ... read more »

Chemotherapy and Migraine Headaches

Chemotherapy causes a wide variety of side effects, the specificity of which varies from medication to medication. One side effect that accompanies some types of chemotherapy treatments is headaches that can range in severity from a regular headache to a migraine. ... read more »

Chemotherapy and Anti-Nausea Medications (Antiemetics)

When going through chemotherapy, nausea and vomiting are typically part of the process. As a result, many oncologists will prescribe anti-nausea medications, or antiemetics, as a preemptive measure for managing nausea induced by the chemotherapy. ... read more »

New Cancer Treatment Protects Ovarian Function

More than 70,000 cancer diagnoses are given each year to patients between 15 and 39 years old. Many patients are women still in their reproductive years. The life-saving chemotherapy these women need is the same chemotherapy that kills off any hopes of natural reproduction. ... read more »

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