Able to adopt while being treated for cancer?


Question from LNB: Will adoption agencies let you adopt if you are actively being treated for cancer?
Answers - Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. That's a good question. There is almost no information out there about what adoption agencies will actually do. Most of them appear to want a letter from your physician saying you are free of cancer and will have a normal life span. I think it would be unusual for an adoption agency to allow a woman to adopt while she is undergoing cancer treatment, although there are many forms of adoption. You could consider a special needs adoption for an older child, or one with physical or emotional problems who may really need a loving home and not have many potential adoptive parents.
Marisa Weiss, M.D. Which countries are most likely to be friendly toward a woman with a history of breast cancer?
Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D. There is a very interesting online group at yahoo.com called adoption-after-cancer and most of the people in that group have investigated international adoption. I know from listening in on the group that Russia is one of the more difficult countries, because they want a letter saying you are five years free of disease before they'll let you adopt. But other people have adopted from South American countries or China, so all countries are different.

On Wednesday, August 18, 2004, our Ask-the-Expert Online Conference was called Pregnancy and Fertility Issues. Kutluk Oktay, M.D., Leslie Schover, Ph.D., and moderator Marisa Weiss, M.D. answered your questions about pregnancy and fertility before, during, and after breast cancer treatment, as well as the options of adoption and gestational carriers (surrogate mothers).

The materials presented in these conferences do not necessarily reflect the views of Breastcancer.org. A qualified healthcare professional should be consulted before using any therapeutic product or regimen discussed. All readers should verify all information and data before employing any therapies described here.

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