Cancer and its treatment may cause fertility problems. This will depend on the type of cancer and treatment you have. It is common for people affected by cancer to wonder about their ability to have children now or in the future. Sometimes cancer and its treatment can affect a person’s ability to conceive a child or maintain a pregnancy (fertility). If you want to become a parent, add to your family, or even if you’ve not thought about having children. We discuss this topic to help you understand what your options are following active treatment.
Professor William Ledger
Professor William Ledger is Senior Vice Dean of the Faculty of Medicine and Head of Obstetrics & Gynaecology at the University of New South Wales, Head of Reproductive Medicine at the Royal Hospital for Women, Chair of the Research and Development Committee and a fertility specialist at IVF Australia.
His research interests focus on in vitro fertilisation and assisted reproduction, impacts of reproductive ageing and disorders such as endometriosis, premature ovarian failure and polycystic ovary syndrome on fertility and quality of life, reproductive effects of cancer treatment and health economic and demographic aspects of infertility. He has published over 250 research papers and edited 11 books on aspects of reproductive medicine and health economic and demographic aspects of infertility. He is married, with three sons.
Dr Rebecca Deans
Rebecca Deans is a gynaecologist, working at the Royal Hospital for Women and Sydney Children’s Hospital in Randwick NSW. She is a fellow of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. She has a Masters of Medicine from Sydney University, and a PhD from the University of New South Wales. She also holds the Certificate of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility. Following her Australian fellowship she travelled to the United Kingdom to undertake post fellowship training in the area of Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology. She has a special interest in Paediatric and Adolescent Gynaecology, Infertility and Fertility Surgery.