Hope for fertility after cancer

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POSTED: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 - 5:21pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 9, 2013 - 8:35am

"I still have that hope.  I still have faith that I will be able to become a parent."

That hope is what inspired Marcia Gonzalez-Acosta to seek options of fertility after being diagnosed with breast cancer a few years ago.  Since the diagnosis, Marcia has been working diligently with her doctor to increase the possibility of having children after treatment.

"From the very beginning we said we'd start with the radiation, and she went and consulted the fertility specialist so we could manage to get the procedure rolling before we started the chemotherapy," said Dr. Wahid of Texas Oncology.

"That was the very first question I asked, 'what about having kids?'  So that's why I feel it was very very important because if I had started with the chemo, I don't know if I would've been able to have that chance," Marcia said.

Since cancer in people under 40 is rising, Dr. Wahid stresses the importance of timing for all patients who are hoping to have kids in the future.

"We have a window period while the radiation is going on since the diagnosis," explained Dr. Wahid.  "At that time we think about fertility, and basically what happens is the women, if they are a couple, then they cryopreserve the embryo."

So before starting chemotherapy, Marcia and her husband took the next step in their journey to start a family.

"When we were able to freeze our embryos, it finally felt like my dream was going to become a reality," said Marcia.  "Whether it was today, or tomorrow or the next, so I feel like I still have a chance."

Today, Marcia is cancer free and still working with Dr. Wahid on planning to have children, hopefully sometime in the near future.

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