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Fertility Preservation for Cancer

Fertility OptionsWe understand life-changing news like this can be overwhelming. You're probably anxious to begin cancer treatment. Not all cancer treatments impair your ability to have children, talking about your fertility risk with your doctor as early as possible can help keep your options open for the future.

If infertility is a possible side effect of your cancer treatment, you may have options. We have fertility specialists ready to talk with you about your:

  • type of cancer
  • personal preferences
  • fertility preservation that would be the best for you.

You don't need to be in a relationship or planning to have children in the near future to benefit from preservation options.

There are many emotional stresses of a cancer diagnosis, including decisions about having or not having children in the future. If you think that the risk of infertility may be affecting you emotionally, talk to your healthcare team or ask to talk with a social worker. They can also help with referrals to counselors or other doctors. We’re here to help you every step of the way as you sort through your options.

Review the following materials provide information about resources available to you.