Washington: Women who survived childhood cancer face an increased risk of infertility.However, according to a new study by clinical researchers at Dana-Farber/Boston Children`s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center and Brigham and Women`s Hospital, nearly two-thirds of those who tried unsuccessfully to become pregnant for at least a year eventually conceived.This is comparable to the rate of eventual pregnancy among all clinically infertile women."Most women think that if they had cancer as a child, then they`ll never have children. It turns out that many of them can get pregnant. It just might be a little harder," senior author Lisa Diller, MD, chief medical officer of Dana-Farber/Boston Children`s and medical director of the David B. Perini, Jr. Quality of Life Clinic at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, said.It is the first large-scale study of female childhood cancer survivors that examines outcomes for those who experienced infertility, as defined by the typical clinical definition of infertility (attempting to conceive for a year or more without success).
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