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Having Children After Cancer

How to Make Informed Choices Before and After Treatment to Understand Your Options and Build the Family of Your Dreams

Release Date:    February 22, 2011, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Indiebound

The first book to address fertility and cancer in a comprehensive, prescriptive way, explaining which cancers and treatments affect fertility and presenting a wide range of family-building options.

Medical writer Gina Shaw and her husband were recently married and planning to get pregnant when she was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 36. Six years later, she’s not only a survivor, but a mother of two. While many people in their reproductive years are diagnosed with cancer, the fertility repercussions of treatment are often eclipsed by the primary objective of fighting the disease. This pioneering book examines the infertility risks of various cancers and treatments (for both men and women); explores all the latest options for starting a family (from ovarian tissue preservation to surrogacy); and tackles tough emotional and psychological issues. With a foreword by top oncologist Hope Rugo, M.D., this is the first all-in-one resource that no cancer patient or survivor who wants to have children should be without.

Praise for Having Children After Cancer: invaluable guidebook for couples journeying into parenthood after cancer.” -- Publishers Weekly

Personal and friendly...Practical and helpful, this is recommended for cancer survivors and others facing fertility issues.” -- Library Journal

Having Children After Cancer gets a three-star “superior” rating from the University of Pennsylvania’s Oncolink Library. “Having Children After Cancer is a great resource for any young adult who wishes to explore fertility preservation prior to treatment, or options for family building after cancer. It is also appropriatefor any healthcare professional who works with patients of childbearing age, and would likely assist any oncology nurse or physician in acting as an informed resource for patients and survivors.”

Ms. Shaw’s guide can provide comfort and hope to any cancer fighter or survivor who wants to create or add to a family. It also provides an opportunity to think about Life After Cancer. Personally, I love thinking about that.” -- Shelley Nolden, on the Stupid Cancer! blog.

“...[L]aden with straight-up, indispensable information for both men and women facing cancer and planning a family. A writer after my own heart, Gina gives readers a serious education on the legal, financial, medical, and administrative side of family planning.    Having Children After Cancer enables survivors to read about adoption as a valid family planning choice along side fertility preservation, IVF, and surrogacy.    Whether you are recently diagnosed, a childhood cancer survivor, or just out of treatment, Having Children After Cancer is the family planning go-to book.” Kairol Rosenthal, author, Everything Changes: The Insider’s Guide to Cancer in Your 20s and 30s.

"The impact of cancer on childbearing is one of the heaviest tolls that cancer takes on younger patients.  Gina Shaw has made an important contribution to thousands of cancer survivors in writing a sensitive, thoughtful, and useful guide to this complicated and emotionally-charged topic." -- Harold Burstein, M.D., Ph.D., Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and Harvard Medical School

“This is the book that thousands of cancer survivors have been waiting for. As treatments improve, more and more survivors are thinking about having families, but they are often not told about their options, or their treatment's potential impact on their fertility. This book fills that information gap, discussing in very clear language everything from how cancer treatments affect fertility to fertility preservation and family building after cancer. If you've been touched by cancer as a patient, caregiver or loved one, this book is for you.”--Lynn Westphal, M.D., associate professor of obstetrics and gynecology and director, women’s health, Stanford University School of Medicine