Some cancer treatments can affect your ability to have children. This can be difficult to come to terms with.
It is important to remember that not all cancer treatments mean you won’t be able to have children. You’re young, and the younger you are, the less likely it is that treatment causes infertility.
Many young people who have had cancer treatment go on to have healthy and happy babies. However, being told you have cancer and that the treatment you need may mean you won’t be able to have children naturally can be very scary. This is true no matter who you are and how old you are.
If you’re younger, the news may be harder to cope with. You might have thought you would wait to have children, and now realise it may not happen. You might have a child already but want more. Coming to terms with the fact that you might not be able to have (more) children can be hard. You and your partner might need to talk about children at a younger age than you normally would. But it’s important that you’re honest with each other and realise help is there for you.
If you’ve had fertility preservation treatment before your cancer treatment, speak to your doctor and nurse about what happens next.
If you’re worried about your child being at risk of cancer
Some people may be worried they will pass the cancer on to their child. Or they may worry that the treatment they’ve had will affect the child. Studies have been done that show there is not an increased risk of your child having a genetic disease or birth defect caused by your cancer treatment. In some rare cases the cancer you have may be hereditary, but it is not possible for your baby to ‘catch’ cancer from you.
Although you might not see your doctor and nurses as much now that your treatment has finished, remember you can still contact them to ask about any worries you have. If you have any questions about having a baby, remember they’re there to help you.
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