Can chemotherapy cause pregnancy problems?
Chemotherapeutic drugs affect the division of cancer cells, and also interfere with the division of normal cells, including those in the reproductive system (organs needed for pregnancy). This could affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant.
Does chemotherapy stop pregnancy?
Some women who have normal periods after chemotherapy may be able to get pregnant with no difficulty while others may have trouble getting pregnant. This is because chemotherapy can damage the immature eggs in the ovaries. When your periods return after chemotherapy, it means that some eggs are maturing.
What are the chances of being infertile after chemotherapy?
After chemo treatment, sperm production slows down or might stop altogether. Some sperm production might return, but can take many years, and sometimes does not return at all. Chemo drugs that are linked to the risk of infertility in males include: Busulfan.
How long does it take for your immune system to recover after chemotherapy?
Treatment can last for anywhere from 3 to 6 months. During that time, you would be considered to be immunocompromised — not as able to fight infection. After finishing chemotherapy treatment, it can take anywhere from about 21 to 28 days for your immune system to recover.
Can chemo and radiation cause birth defects?
Studies show there is a risk of birth defects when a woman becomes pregnant while getting or after receiving some types of chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and hormone therapy. In some cases, the risk can last for a long time, making getting pregnant a concern even years after treatment ends.
What side effects does chemotherapy have?
Here are some of the more common side effects caused by chemotherapy:
- Hair loss.
- Easy bruising and bleeding.
- Anemia (low red blood cell counts)
- Nausea and vomiting.
- Appetite changes.
Can pregnant nurses take care of chemo patients?
Nursing staff should avoid working in high-risk areas during the first 84 days of their pregnancy. After 84 days of pregnancy, nursing staff can work in these areas if they adhere to standard precautions using PPE. Lactating mothers should also avoid working in high-risk chemotherapy areas.
Can you kiss while on chemo?
Kissing is a wonderful way to maintain closeness with those you love and is usually okay. However, during chemotherapy and for a short time afterward, avoid open-mouth kissing where saliva is exchanged because your saliva may contain chemotherapy drugs.
Does chemo hurt your eggs?
Cancer Treatments May Affect Your Fertility
Chemotherapy (especially alkylating agents) can affect the ovaries, causing them to stop releasing eggs and estrogen. This is called primary ovarian insufficiency (POI). Sometimes POI is temporary and your menstrual periods and fertility return after treatment.
Does chemo make you lose your hair?
Chemotherapy may cause hair loss all over your body — not just on your scalp. Sometimes your eyelash, eyebrow, armpit, pubic and other body hair also falls out. Some chemotherapy drugs are more likely than others to cause hair loss, and different doses can cause anything from a mere thinning to complete baldness.