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Adoption After Cancer: Adoption Agency Attitudes and Perspectives on the Potential to Parent Post-Cancer

  • Shauna L. Gardino
  • Andrew E. Russell
  • Teresa K. Woodruff
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 156)


The relationship between adoption and cancer may seem distant. Infertility, however, is oftentimes a consequence of cancer treatment, rendering cancer survivors incapable of biological reproduction. For this reason, the growing population of cancer survivors has a distinct relationship with adoption, as it may provide their only opportunity to parent. It is estimated that 1,479,350 men and women will be diagnosed with cancer in 2009. Remarkably, the overall 5-year relative cancer survival rate for 1999–2005 was 66.1% [1]. Since both cancer incidence rates and cancer survival rates are on the rise, the growing population of cancer survivors will likely be faced with the long-term consequences of their disease treatment, including infertility.


Cancer Survivor Cancer History Adoptive Parent Adoption Process Prospective Parent 
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This research was supported by the Oncofertility Consortium NIH 8UL1DE019587, 5RL1HD058296.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Shauna L. Gardino
    • 1
  • Andrew E. Russell
    • 1
  • Teresa K. Woodruff
    • 2
  1. 1.The Oncofertility ConsortiumNorthwestern UniversityChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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