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Thinking of getting pregnant while having untreatable cancer. Want to pass on a piece of myself. Am I wrong?
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
2 doctors agree
In brief: Natural thought
It's natural to have these feelings.
However, remember that a child will only have your genes, not your parental involvement. The cancer may also make for a difficult pregnancy, since cancer is just as big a resource drain as a fetus. Perhaps there is another way to ensure your legacy? Discussion with a therapist, clergy, or other friendly advisor can help.

In brief: Natural thought
It's natural to have these feelings.
However, remember that a child will only have your genes, not your parental involvement. The cancer may also make for a difficult pregnancy, since cancer is just as big a resource drain as a fetus. Perhaps there is another way to ensure your legacy? Discussion with a therapist, clergy, or other friendly advisor can help.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Internal Medicine - Hematology & Oncology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Procreative Instinct
It is not wrong to satisfy your procreative instinct.
The ethical questions pertain to handing down to the offspring a genetic predisposition to cancer if present in your situation and having a parent to raise the child when you are not around. The safety of and potential defects the fetus may have as you go through treatment during the pregnancy may also be of concern.

In brief: Procreative Instinct
It is not wrong to satisfy your procreative instinct.
The ethical questions pertain to handing down to the offspring a genetic predisposition to cancer if present in your situation and having a parent to raise the child when you are not around. The safety of and potential defects the fetus may have as you go through treatment during the pregnancy may also be of concern.
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
Dr. Romeo Mandanas
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Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Pathology
In brief: Baby without mother
Put yourself in the shoes of your baby who would not have the benefit of having a loving mother.

In brief: Baby without mother
Put yourself in the shoes of your baby who would not have the benefit of having a loving mother.
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
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