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External radiation and conception

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    NeilG
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    I am about to start external radiation on my back for 4 weeks does anyone know the time frame of safe conception after this treatment?  My doctor has said to wait 2 months after treatment but i have also heard 1 year is appropriate.

    I am about to start external radiation on my back for 4 weeks does anyone know the time frame of safe conception after this treatment?  My doctor has said to wait 2 months after treatment but i have also heard 1 year is appropriate.

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      KatyWI
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      Hi Neil,

      I don't have any experience with your situation, but applying a little logic, the two-month guideline your doctor proposes makes sense to me.  You appear to be a boy, based on your picture (laugh).  Sperm regenerates pretty fast.  By two months post-treatment, several "generations" of sperm would have come and gone.  I wonder if the one-year suggestion you've seen elsewhere is suggested for females undergoing radiation in this area?  I've seen even longer suggested wait times, from 2-5 years, for women facing other treatments.

      Good luck with your treatment!

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        Becky
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        Neil

        I am not sure of the answer to your questioin but just want to say how impressed I am with the fundraising you have done for melanoma research! My 22 year old son is also stage 3 and did a year of interferon.

        Keep on fighting

        Becky

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        Becky
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        Neil

        I am not sure of the answer to your questioin but just want to say how impressed I am with the fundraising you have done for melanoma research! My 22 year old son is also stage 3 and did a year of interferon.

        Keep on fighting

        Becky

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      KatyWI
      Participant

      Hi Neil,

      I don't have any experience with your situation, but applying a little logic, the two-month guideline your doctor proposes makes sense to me.  You appear to be a boy, based on your picture (laugh).  Sperm regenerates pretty fast.  By two months post-treatment, several "generations" of sperm would have come and gone.  I wonder if the one-year suggestion you've seen elsewhere is suggested for females undergoing radiation in this area?  I've seen even longer suggested wait times, from 2-5 years, for women facing other treatments.

      Good luck with your treatment!

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      MichaelFL
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      I can't answer your question directly, but I guess it may depend on the (absorbed) dosage as to how long to wait.

      Can or will your testicles be shielded?

      Michael

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      MichaelFL
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      I can't answer your question directly, but I guess it may depend on the (absorbed) dosage as to how long to wait.

      Can or will your testicles be shielded?

      Michael

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