Today young adult survivors of cancer and other diseases are looking forward to a future of long term survival due to improved treatments. However, many of the therapies that have so effectively helped increase survival have side effects that may cause the loss of fertility.
- For women, certain therapies can cause ovarian damage or failure, early menopause, genetic damage to growing eggs and other reproductive problems.
- For men, treatments can cause damage to the testes and interfere with sperm production.
New reproductive technologies are providing possibilities for preserving fertility in survivors of cancer and other diseases, yet many patients are unaware of these options.
In most cases, decisions on fertility preservation need to be made before treatment begins. Reproductive specialists and patient navigators are working with physicians from clinical centers such as the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center to help patients explore the issues surrounding fertility preservation. Your treatment team can help you understand the options available, assess risks and eligibility, and provide referrals to individuals who are experts in this field.
Did you know that cancer treatments can affect the fertility of men, women, and children? Fertility preservation methods are most effective when used before cancer treatments begin.
For information about fertility preservation or to get a referral to a fertilty preservation center near you, please call the FERTLINE! This resource is available to patients, families and health care professionals.