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Having a Baby after Breast Cancer Treatment
Fertility issues are very common among women and men undergoing cancer treatments in their reproductive years. Yet a survey of more than 1,000 female cancer patients under age 40 published in the March issue of the journal Cancer found that 61 percent of the survey respondents had treatments that could potentially destroy their fertility but that only 5 percent of the total respondents were counseled by fertility specialists and only 4 percent took action to preserve their fertility. There are several steps young cancer patients can take to raise their odds of having a baby after treatment, said Dr. Elizabeth Ginsburg, medical director of the assisted reproductive technology program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.