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Thursday, March 8, 2018

Here’s What Cancer Treatments Do to a Woman’s Fertility

While cancer treatments may eliminate cancer cells effectively, it often causes side effects. Women who undergo cancer treatments may also have fertility issues.
Cancer treatments are definitely important for a cancer patient's future health. However, according to the National Cancer Institute, it may cause harm to a woman's reproductive organs and glands that control fertility.

Factors such as age, baseline fertility, type of cancer, amount and length of treatment, and other personal health factors may affect one's fertility.

Furthermore, different treatments may cause different side effects. For instance, chemotherapy can affect the ovaries and may stop the production of eggs and estrogen. This occurrence, also known as primary ovarian insufficiency (POI), could be permanent or temporary.

Radiation therapy as well as surgery, especially when done near the abdomen, pelvis, or spine, may also harm nearby reproductive organs and cause scarring.

Hormone or endocrine therapy could also disrupt the menstrual cycle and affect fertility. Other treatments such as bone marrow transplants, stem cell transplants, etc. also involve radiation that may affect fertility.

Infertility is one of the most difficult and dismaying long-term effects of cancer treatments. Favorably, there are options to preserve fertility that may be available at some hospitals.
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