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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
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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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                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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