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    Is it possible to get a girl pregnant if you have testicular cancer
    that hasnt been treated yet? Also,is it possible that the baby
    will be born with birth defects?

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    Having TC doesnt necessarily make you infertile, so yes, it would be possible. The only way to know for sure in an individual case would be to get a doctor to run some tests. To be safe use protection unless youre looking to have a kid.

    I dont really know about birth defects, but I wouldnt have thought so. I was advised to not rush into having children during/after chemo, but I dont know of any issues you would have before any treatment. Probably best to check with a doctor if you are concerned though.

    Hope that helps,

    Left I/O March 05, nonseminoma;
    Relapse July 05, single lymph node 3cm;
    2 x BEP Aug / Sept 05, node grown to 4.7cm;
    2 x VeIP Sept / Oct, node grown to 6.7cm, markers normalised;
    RPLND Dec 05, no active cancer;
    back on surveillance


    • #3
      There's no risk of birth defects with conception before treatment and depending on the treatment, there's a very good chance of being able to father a child after treatment as well.

      If the treatment consists of chemo, then it's a good idea to wait as Steve mentioned. But I've seen examples of people having a child not too long after chemo with no problems whatsoever.

      There is, however, evidence that people with TC usually have lower fertility than the "normal" population, but that includes pre-treatment. I think getting a fertility test is the way to go.

      Right I/O, 11/27-2003 | Nonseminoma (embryonal carcinoma, teratoma) | Surveillance

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