When a couple or individual adopts a child, they are the permanent, legal parents of the adopted child. Most adoption agencies allow cancer survivors to adopt. Some agencies may require a health care provider’s letter saying that you are in good health. Other agencies may require a certain amount of time to pass after cancer treatment before you will be eligible to adopt.
- Child Welfare Information Gateway
- The National Infertility & Adoption Education Nonprofit - Adoption Resources
- Fertility Assistance and Other Options
POST TREATMENT FERTILITY TESTING
If you have been attempting to become pregnant for six to 12 months or longer without success, you may be experiencing infertility. Depending on your individual situation, including cancer type and treatment history, simple tests such as a blood test to measure pituitary gonadotropins may provide valuable insight.
For women, several factors can be considered. First, physical signs like resuming menstruation or menopausal symptoms can be helpful indicators. However, neither are guaranteed ways of knowing fertility status. Second, you may have hormonal tests such as FSH (follicle stimulating hormone) to gauge your ovarian reserve and reproductive capacity. The hormones can tell you if you are in a fertile, pre-menopausal or menopausal state. Hormone levels fluctuate and test results may vary greatly from month to month, so it is often recommend that you repeat the test several times with a reproductive endocrinologist to get the most precise results to help determine your parenthood options.
Some men are not able to have children due to the effects of cancer treatment. By identifying your risk for infertility, you can take steps before treatment to preserve your fertility. For men who have completed treatment, see your options below. There are options for survivors who experience infertility as a result of cancer or treatment.
- Livestrong: Fertility FAQ for Women
- Livestrong: Male Fertility Preservation
- MAYO Clinic: Infertility
- Stat News: Ovarian Reserve Tests Fertility
- Navigate Cancer Foundation
- Will2Love: Sexual Health and Fertility
- CancerCare: Intimacy During and After Cancer Treatment
- Questions Women Have About Cancer, Sex, and Getting Professional Help
- This Is What Sex After Gynecological Cancer Is Really Like
- Telehealth Services
- Sexuality and Cancer—Side Effects, Concerns, and Treatments: Part 1
- Livestrong: Female Sexual Health After Cancer
- The New York Times: Sex After Cancer
- ASCO Fertility Preservation Guidelines
- ARSM Fertility Preservation Guideline
- ASCO Fertility Preservation Guidelines
- Fertility Preservation Patient Navigator
- Alliance for Fertility Preservation
- International Society for Fertility Preservation
- Livestrong Fertility
- Memorial Sloan Cancer Center: Fertility Preservation for Women
- Fertility Doctor
- Extend Fertility: The Egg Retrieval Process
- Olive Fertility Centre: What is an egg retrieval like?
Fertility-specific financial aid:
- Team Maggie for a Cure
- Fertility Within Reach
- The National Infertility & Adoption Education Nonprofit
- Fertile Action
- Pay It Forward Fertility Foundation
- Bonei Olam - Financial Grants
- IVF Scholarship
- Cade Foundation - Grant Programs
- ReproTech, Ltd. Fertility Preservation Financial Assistance
- Ferring’s Heart Beat Program
- Livestrong: Fertility
General cancer financial aid:
- The Sam Fund
- HOPE for Young Adults with Cancer
- Livestrong Foundation
- Patient Advocate Foundation
- The Simple Dollar
- Oncofertility Consortium
- Reprotopia: Reproductive Health Education for All
- Repropedia: A Reproductive Lexicon
- Woodruff Lab
- Oncofertility: Fertility Preservation for Cancer Survivors
- Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships Across Disciplines
- Oncofertility: Ethical, Legal, Social, and Medical Perspectives
- Oncofertility Medical Practice: Clinical Issues and Implementation
- Oncofertility Communication: Sharing Information and Building Relationships
- Pediatric and Adolescent Oncofertility: Best Practices and Emerging Technologies
- Alliance for Fertility Preservation: Publications
- Woodruff Lab: List of Publications
- Oncofertility: a grand collaboration between reproductive medicine and oncology.
- From the bench to bedside to babies: translational medicine made possible by funding multidisciplinary team science.
- The Oncofertility Consortium--addressing fertility in young people with cancer.
- Preservation of fertility in patients with cancer.
- Fertility preservation in women with cancer.
- Fertility preservation in women with gynaecologic cancer: the impact on quality of life and psychological well-being.
- Ethical, moral, and theological insights into advances in male pediatric and adolescent fertility preservation.
- Fertility Preservation Preferences and Perspectives Among Adult Male Survivors of Pediatric Cancer and Their Parents.
- Current state and controversies in fertility preservation in women with breast cancer.
- Adoption after cancer: adoption agency attitudes and perspectives on the potential to parent post-cancer.
- Medical hope, legal pitfalls: potential legal issues in the emerging field of oncofertility.
- Do Patient Characteristics Decide if Young Adult Cancer Patients Undergo Fertility Preservation?
- Fertility of Female Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study
- Premature Menopause in Survivors of Childhood Cancer: A Report From the Childhood Cancer Survivor Study