Fertility and cancer
Cancer and its treatment may affect a person’s ability to conceive a child or maintain a pregnancy (fertility). The information in this section helps you understand more about the impact of cancer treatment on fertility.
If you want to become a parent, add to your family or even if you’ve not yet thought about having children, we hope this information will help you understand how you may be able to preserve your fertility before and during treatment.
We also explain some options that may be available after cancer treatment. We cannot give advice about the best ways to preserve fertility. You need to discuss this with your doctors.
Learn more about:
- Reproduction and fertility
- Key questions
- Making decisions
- For females:
- For males:
- Preserving fertility in children and adolescents
- Assessing fertility after treatment
- Other paths to parenthood
- Not having a child
- Emotional impact of infertility
- Relationships and sexuality
- Questions to ask your health care professional
Dr Ying Li, Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist, RPA Fertility Unit, Royal Prince Alfred Hospital, NSW; Dr Antoinette Anazodo, Paediatric and Adolescent Oncologist, Sydney Children’s Hospital and Prince of Wales Hospital, NSW, and Lead Clinician for Youth Cancer NSW/ACT; Paul Baden, Consumer; Dawn Bedwell, 13 11 20 Consultant, Cancer Council Queensland; Maurice Edwards, Special Counsel, Watts McCray Lawyers, NSW; Helena Green, Clinical Sexologist and Counsellor, InSync for Life, WA; Dr Michelle Peate, Program Leader, Psychosocial Health and Wellbeing Research (emPoWeR) Unit, Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Royal Women’s Hospital, The University of Melbourne, VIC; A/Prof Kate Stern, Gynaecologist and Reproductive Endocrinologist and Head, Fertility Preservation Service, Royal Women’s Hospital Melbourne, The University of Melbourne, VIC; Prof Jane Ussher, Chair, Women’s Health Psychology, Translational Health Resea ch Institute (THRI), School of Medicine, Western Sydney University, NSW; Renee Van Den Bosch, Consumer.
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