Chemotherapy Treatment for Breast Cancer (cont.)
In this Article
- How is chemotherapy given?
- When is chemotherapy given?
- Can I still work while receiving chemotherapy treatments?
- How will I know if the chemotherapy treatments are working?
- What are the potential side effects of chemotherapy drugs?
- How will chemotherapy affect my menstrual cycle?
- What is menopause?
- How does chemotherapy influence the onset of menopause?
- Will my menstrual flow be different after chemotherapy?
- Will my periods return after chemotherapy?
- Can I get pregnant while I'm receiving chemotherapy?
- What is the safest type of birth control during chemotherapy?
- After I've completed chemotherapy, how long must I wait before trying to get pregnant?
- Are there risks of chromosomal abnormalities or cancer in children conceived after chemotherapy?
- Find a local Oncologist in your town
A safe and effective contraception (birth control) method is necessary during your treatment. Guidelines for young women undergoing chemotherapy may include the use of barrier contraceptives such as a diaphragm or a condom. Oral contraceptives (birth control pills) may be acceptable for some women, but are generally not recommended for women with breast cancer.
What Happens If I Get Pregnant While Receiving Chemotherapy?
Becoming pregnant while receiving chemotherapy could result in a complicated pregnancy.
Some chemotherapy medicines to treat breast cancer are safely given during pregnancy.
If you think you might be pregnant, it is important to tell your physician right away so that steps can be taken to ensure the health of you and your baby.
Pregnancies after chemotherapy are not uncommon, but need to be planned after you complete treatment. Consult your oncology physician about your plans to get pregnant. In many cases, pregnancy will not influence the return of cancer. But there are situations in which pregnancy should be considered with caution.
If infertility is an issue after your treatment is complete, there are alternative therapies. Discuss your options with your gynecologic doctor.
No. There is no known risk of chromosomal abnormalities in a woman's children after she has had chemotherapy. There is also no evidence that cancer treatment causes cancer in children conceived after the treatment is complete.
Last Editorial Review: 1/31/2005 4:22:11 AM
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