CosBeauty is the #BeautyAddict's guide to lifestyle, health and beauty in Australia.
In this issue:
- The 2019 Christmas Gift Guide
- City Skin Detox
- Fool Proof Steps for Party Survival
- Diet is a Dirty Word
- Hair Trends from Catwalk Zimmerman
- Fertility Options for Cancer Survivors
feature Fertility options after a cancer diagnosis A cancer diagnosis often comes out of the blue and starting or extending your family will probably be the last thing on your mind. However, it’s important to consider your options for the future, explains Shonagh wAlker. A cancer diagnosis is a frightening enough prospect, not to mention the thought of months of gruelling treatment. On top of this, many young girls and women discover they have just a tiny window to decide on their future fertility options. It’s something they may not have even planned to consider for many years to come, particularly if they’re pre-pubescent. However, with medical advancements and technology being more effective and more readily available than ever before, this window of hope is widening and allowing increasing numbers of cancer patients the chance to realise their dreams of starting or extending their family. Here, experts share their best advice on preserving your fertility in the face of a cancer diagnosis.
Don’t be afraid to ask questions For many women, the situation is daunting enough, so important questions can frequently be forgotten. Also, there are some doctors who aren’t wellversed in the fertility issues surrounding cancer treatments, or who may see the importance lies in treating the disease first and foremost. The lesson here is, ‘there are no silly questions’, so ask everything and anything! Naturally, cancer is a scary prospect for any woman to face, says Krystal Barter, founder and CEO of Pink Hope. ‘For those who develop cancer at a young age or carry a genetic predisposition, it is often doubly scary,’ she says. ‘You are dealing with your own health, difficult decisions and are often confronted with the very real likelihood that the decisions you make will affect your ability to have children in the future. All this at an age where having children mightn’t even be on the radar. ‘Taking preventative measures often means that high-risk women can live cancer free and go on to have happy, healthy pregnancies,’ says Krystal. ‘However, for many women in the Pink Hope community impacted by a highrisk mutation or carrying a BRCA gene, cancer can strike at a young age and aggressively, leaving you little time to make the necessary decisions about future family plans. ‘Women and their partners need more information and better consultation with their doctor around their fertility before considering preventative measures and, most importantly, women with cancer need to be given urgent fertility preservation opportunities,’ she says. What are your options? For the majority of women facing a cancer diagnosis and subsequent treatment, hope for a family is tangible, especially if they are of fertile age, stresses Dr Raewyn Teirney, Australia’s leading fertility specialist and gynaecologist. ‘Couples, and indeed single women, should know that all is not lost,’ says Dr Jess and Travers on their wedding day with their ‘groomsdog’ Ari. www.cosbeauty.com.au 117