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