Breast Cancer Survivors Have Options to Get Pregnant

When she was 25, Holly Church was getting ready to start a family soon, until she was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer. Before she knew it, doctors were gearing up to begin her chemotherapy, but she and her husband were concerned with her lack of fertility after treatment. Luckily, there are several options for women who go through chemotherapy and want to have a baby.

"I was told that after the chemo, my fertility might be taken away from me," Church told The Courant. "At age 25, that's kind of a scary thing. When I went to UConn for consultation about fertility preservation, they said there were many different things they could do."

Before going through chemo, Church preserved 10 embryos frozen in case she was in fact not fertile after the procedure. Three years later, Church and her husband are thinking about starting a family.

In the past, pregnancy was not recommended for women after breast cancer. However, research conducted by the European Breast Cancer Conference in Vienna found that a significant amount of data proved the high hormone levels that take place during pregnancy do not have an effect on potential growth of breast cancer.

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