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Post Treatment 6 months +

If you want to have children, consider the options that are still open.

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There are options available for both men and women.

Common to both men and women is the ability to adopt. Thanks to federal law, you cannot be discriminated against because of your cancer history when seeking to adopt.

  • Do not assume that you cannot have children if chemotherapy causes you to stop menstruating You may still be able to get pregnant. Use condoms. If you get pregnant, and cancer returns, you will face questions about the impact of cancer treatments on the fetus and about possibly terminating the pregnancy or risking your life. 
  • Pregnancy does not generally cause cancer.However, hormones that accompany pregnancy may hasten a recurrence. Ask your cancer doctor how much time has to pass before it is okay for you to get pregnant. If you are infertile, you may still be able to carry another person's baby.You can find additional information from Young Survival Coalition ( offsite link) and Fertile Hope ( offsite link). 

Federal law (the Americans With Disabilities Act) prohibits discrimination against people with a disability. The law covers adoption agencies. 

Your cancer may or may not be considered to be a disability for purposes of the ADA. Whether it is covered or not, expect that an adoption agency will want clarification on your health status and the possibility of a recurrence. At least a letter from your cancer doctor will likely be required. Do not be surprised if the agency requests that you want for a few years after end of treatment before adopting. 


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