Breast Cancer and Fertility: What Your Atlanta Breast Cancer Lawyer Wants You to KnowWomen of childbearing age (or younger) face an important consideration that older women do not have to face when dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis and treatment. Specifically, they need to think about how breast cancer treatment may affect their future fertility. The failure of a doctor to consider the impact of treatment on future fertility and to use that information in getting the informed consent of a patient prior to treatment may be a form of a medical malpractice.
If this has happened to you – if your doctor did not discuss fertility issues with you and you have suffered as a result – then it is important to contact an experienced Atlanta breast cancer lawyer for help.
Informed Consent – What it Means for a Woman with Breast Cancer Who Wants to Have a Baby
Prior to performing any treatment for breast cancer, your doctor must have your informed consent. That means that your doctor must discuss the potential benefits of treatment, the potential risks of treatment, and viable alternative treatments with you. The impact on your future fertility should be part of the discussion if you have not yet gone through menopause.
Of course, your doctor’s first priority is to save your life, not your fertility. However, if both your life and your fertility can be saved and you want to have children, then steps should be taken to preserve your fertility. If the failure to take those steps results in you being unable to safely have children in the future, and if alternative treatments were available to treat your cancer and preserve your fertility, then you should contact an Atlanta breast cancer attorney to discuss your rights.
How to Contact an Atlanta Breast Cancer Lawyer for Help
You can reach an experienced Atlanta cancer malpractice lawyer at the Dover Law Firm, an Atlanta personal injury law firm dedicated to helping victims of breast cancer malpractice. Please call 1.770.518.1133 today to set up a meeting.
We also invite you to read our FREE book about breast cancer and medical malpractice: Breast Cancer: the Risks, the Signs, Diagnosis and Treatment.