Thursday, April 12, 2012
Young adults who have/ had cancer experience some added concerns aside from the normal "am I going to survive?" question. For many people in this age group, they are just starting out. Perhaps getting married and thinking about starting a family some time in the future when cancer shows up. Depending on their doctor, fertility may or may not be discussed. Therefore, fertility may or may not be preserved for that "some time in the future."
It makes sense why an oncologist might not immediately think of fertility when a patient with cancer is sitting in front of him or her. That doctors goal is to save the patient. However, chemotherapy often times destroys fertility. If fertility is not discussed and preserved before treatment, once the patient is through treatment and ready to "move on" with life, there's another emotional/physical struggle to overcome.
I'd like to direct anyone in this position to a couple of studies researchers are conducting regarding young adult cancer survivors and fertility. The more participants in these studies, the more awareness we can bring. We can make a difference :)