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This Forum has been the centre of an exceptional exchange of knowledge diagnosis, treatment, symptoms and other effects of cancer during pregnancy and lactation. All are welcome to review the Questions and Answers posted here, provided that they acknowledge and accept the important proviso and disclaimer below.
I have to go for a biopsy for some adnormal cells in my cervix. I don't know what the outcome will be but i want to protect my ability to have children. If I am diagnosed with an early stage of cancer or even just abnormal cells could the treatments harm my fertility? Is it safe to delay treatment and have a child?
The following information should not replace the assessment and advice you have been receiving from your physician (cancer specialist, obstetrician, or any other healthcare provider). It is offered for your information only.
This question cannot be answered since there is no diagnosis yet and no treatment options can be suggested. Our strong recommendation is not to delay diagnosis. Most women are relieved to find that all is OK. The few that require therapy have options that usually do not compromise fertility. In cases of cancer (that are rare) therapy may be life saving and in some cases preserve fertility.