Pregnancy after cancer:
“Should I have children after having had cancer?” Or “Is a pregnancy safe after cancer?” are some of the most common concerns of women who have managed to overcome this disease and who are considering a pregnancy after chemotherapy or radiotherapy.
Although it is true that the genetic factor can cause the development of cancer, there are only 5% to 10% of cancers registered which are linked to a gene transmitted from parents to children. Thus, the chances of the son and/or daughter having it are very low.
On the other hand, it has not been shown that pregnancy can cause the cancer to reappear, even with the hormonal changes that the woman experiences during this stage. In addition, there is evidence that a woman can go through a pregnancy after chemotherapy or radiotherapy in a perfectly normal way, without any danger to mother or fetus – always provided that the necessary time after having finished the cancer treatment has elapsed. The oncologist will be the person who, after overcoming the disease, will best be able to advise on when to start the process of becoming pregnant.
There are many types of cancer that do not compromise the woman’s fertility, so we can say that pregnancy is possible after cancer. However, it is not possible to assure 100% that cancer and pregnancy are viable in all cases, since it depends on the type of cancer and how each case has been developed individually.
For this reason, we always recommend consulting a specialist (oncologist) and, whenever possible, to take appropriate steps to preserve fertility.