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Does Chemo Make You Sterile
Depends....: Certain chemotherapy regimens put patients more at risk at becoming infertile. The age at treatment and the sex of the patient also affect this risk. Much has been learned about how to help childhood cancer survivors retain fertility. There are fertility specialists who have expertise at assessing this type of risk and offering possible solutions. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Maybe: Chemo can definitely reduce fertility. I discuss fertility with all patients of childbearing age, and offer sperm banking to men, and referral to a fertility expert for egg harvest for women. Menstruation after chemo is generally a marker for fertility. Chemo can induce damage to the genes in sperm and eggs, and patients shouldn't conceive during chemo due to risk of birth defects. ...Read more
Infertility: Up to one-third of adults who undergo fertility testing after having been treated for cancer in childhood or adolescence have suspected infertility. Patients and their parents should be counseled about the possibility of infertility and about fertility-preserving measures. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I was told when i had chemo and a bmt for cmml at age ten ( yes cmml) id become sterile what's the likely hood of this as i'm having irregular periods?
May not be so: Hi tiffany, there is a risk of infertility with chemotherapy but that risk increases if you get chemo when you are older. You may not be infertile. Please use contraception if you do not want to get pregnant. If you want to have a child my recommendation is to just try naturally first before having any invasive testing. ...Read more
Yes you can: Different chemos have the potential to cause death in many ways: low white cells leading to serious infections, low platelets causing bleeding, heart problems or kidney failure. It is not common to die of chemo side effects but as always, the benefit has to outweigh the risks everytime we use these drugs. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
It depends: it depends on what kind of Cancer you have and what all has been done for you already. If the chemotherapy has been fully utilized, then it is good to switch over to Palliative care. Life support means different things to different folks. You should seek a palliative care specialist. ...Read more
Very small amounts: Chemotherapy is very rapidly metabolized in the body after being given. Some have half lifes measured in minutes and other in hours to days. That means most chemotherapy is completely metabolized to inactive products with in hrs to days after administration. Any residual amounts are so small that they would be destroyed by the heat in cremation and would slowly become inert under burial conditions. ...Read more
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