FERTILITY AFTER BREAST CANCER TREATMENT

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Jena-C
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   Posted 6/14/2005 6:56 PM (GMT -7)   
I was diagnosed with bc when I was 28 years old - stage IIb - 10 out of 17 nodes positive, hormone receptor negative, no mets, did tram... chemo with taxol, adriamycin and cytoxan... 34 radiation treatements. I am now 33 years old and since just reached my 5 year cancer free mark was going to try and have children. I went to a fertility specialist who did the "clomid challenge test" which is a month long test where they  measure your fsh and other hormones. Because of my high FSH (21)  he said I was basically perimenopausal & there would only be a 5% chance that IVF would work for me with my own eggs. My only option in my OBGYN's mind is donor eggs. Even though my cancer was hormone receptive negative, the increase in the hormones is still not worth the risk (?) I did not have eggs frozen prior to chemo because I was told that I should worry about living rather than having children.
 
Has anyone every experienced this? I am getting a second opinion on this in the next couple weeks but I am at my wits end. Thanks.

coopfesta
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   Posted 6/14/2005 7:40 PM (GMT -7)   
Oh Do I !!!!!!!!!
 
My FSH "told" my PREVIOUS ob-gyn that I was "definately in menopause"  I went off the diaphram with his blessing (this was after the same treatments you had)  Needless to say, I was pregnant two weeks later.
 
Have you been trying long?


"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall." -Confucius

Ellen

Post Edited (coopfesta) : 6/14/2005 8:46:27 PM (GMT-6)


Tavish
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   Posted 6/14/2005 7:49 PM (GMT -7)   
Jena, I am very interested in your findings. I was diagnosed a week before turning 31, in November '99. I am finishing Tamoxifen next week (ok, maybe sooner, I have slacked off....) but I was strongly ER/PR+. All the docs I spoke to said that there is no reason I could not try to get PG if I wanted, that there was not enough research to support either way. However, it is possible that your fsh level were already high and may not be impacted by chemo?? My periods did not change one bit during chemo or Tamoxifen, if anything, I was more regular.

The Young Survival Coalition (youngsurvival.org) has info regarding this issue, but I am not sure if your situation may be more specific than what they address. Also, Johns Hopkins has an "ask the expert" site which is wonderful....they post the questions and answers on a message board and they may be able to provide you with some good info. Not sure of the site, but you could find it from their site.

When I did chemo, I asked about fertility issues. My onc said that as long as I kept getting periods, my fertility would not be impacted. Hope that is the case for you!
Lori


Tavish
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   Posted 6/14/2005 7:50 PM (GMT -7)   
BTW......CONGRATS on being a 5 year survivor!

Lori


gma
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   Posted 6/15/2005 12:04 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Jena and welcome. Your question is being answered by the young women who know something of your problem. It is way out of my category, LOL, so I will just say welcome to the forum. Please feel at home and join right in. Hugs Mary K. (MK)

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