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Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Impact of breast cancer on women’s fertility

Around the world, many women who are diagnosed with breast cancer Worry about their fertility. Dr Pallavi Prasad, Fertility Consultant at Nova IVF Fertility, Bangalore says that women who have breast cancer or have been treated for it, pregnancy is difficult.

How do cancer treatments affect fertility?

“Cancer treatments are essential because they are life-saving, but treatments can disrupt one’s reproductive organs and glands, resulting in infertility. The reproductive changes can be temporary or permanent,” she says, advising it. Consult with your medical team to find out what to expect based on your treatment.

Chemotherapy can cause the ovaries to stop producing eggs and estrogen.
* Radiation therapy to or near the abdomen, pelvis, or spine can damage the reproductive organ.
* Surgery in the abdomen and pelvis can damage the surrounding reproductive tissue and cause scarring, affecting your fertility.
* Hormone therapy used to treat cancer can disrupt the menstrual cycle, which can affect fertility.
* High doses of chemotherapy and/or radiation are used in recipients of bone marrow transplants, peripheral blood stem cell transplants, and other stem cell transplants.

The extent to which fertility is affected is determined by factors such as:

1. Fertility Baseline
2. Age at the time of treatment
3. Cancer Type
4. Course of Treatment
5. Treatment Volume
6. Duration of Treatment
7. Amount of Time Since Cancer Treatment
8. Other Aspects of Personal Health

Is it impossible to have a baby after being diagnosed with breast cancer?

“Some breast cancer treatments can have an impact on a woman’s fertility. Despite this, many women are able to conceive after treatment. The best time to discuss fertility with your doctor is to start breast cancer treatment. before doing it,” says Dr. Prasad.

If you are still receiving treatments such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy or targeted therapy, consult your doctor before attempting to conceive. (Photo: Getty/Thinkstock)

Can breast cancer treatment harm the unborn baby?

If you are still receiving treatment for breast cancer, such as chemotherapy, hormone therapy, or targeted therapy, consult your doctor before attempting to conceive. Because these drugs have the potential to harm a developing fetus, it is best to postpone pregnancy until all treatment has been completed. It’s also important to remember that stopping treatment too soon increases the chances of the cancer growing or coming back, doctors warn.

Breastfeeding after breast cancer treatment

If you have had surgery and/or radiation, breastfeeding from the affected breast may be difficult. According to studies, there is less milk production in that breast, as well as structural changes that can make breastfeeding painful or make it difficult for the baby to hold the breast. Despite this, many women are able to breastfeed.

It is important that you consult with your doctor before attempting to breastfeed. Some medicines can pass into breast milk and affect the baby.

“Since many breast cancers are sensitive to estrogen, there has been concern that high hormone levels caused by pregnancy may increase the chance of the cancer coming back in women who have already had breast cancer. On the other hand, pregnancy does not always increase the risk of cancer recurrence after successful treatment,” says Dr.

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