Cancer and Fertility

Not all cancers or cancer treatments will affect a patient's ability to have a baby, but many do. The best course of action is to ask your oncologist about the effects your cancer or treatment are likely to have on your fertility and to meet with a fertility specialist to discuss the fertility preservation options that are available to you.

There is a short period of time after cancer diagnosis when the most effective fertility preservation treatment can take place, which is why it is critical that anyone diagnosed with cancer is able to access timely and accurate information about fertility preservation options if their family is incomplete. Generally, the earlier you consult with a fertility specialist the broader the range of treatment options that you will be able to consider.

The type of cancer treatment you receive depends on many factors and your specialist team will have taken all of these into account before deciding on a treatment plan. These factors include:

  • Tumour size
  • Involvement of lymph nodes or other signs of spreading
  • Cancer grade i.e. how different it looks compared to normal tissue

Unfortunately, some of the treatments selected to help fight your cancer can also cause infertility and affect your ability to have children, and the effects of these treatments may be temporary or permanent. It is, therefore, very important that you discuss any fertility issues with your specialist team before you begin your cancer treatment. Depending upon the stage and type of your cancer you may have one or all of the following treatments:

  • Surgery and Irradiation
  • Chemotherapy
  • Hormonal therapy e.g. for breast or prostate cancer

Financial Assistance Is Available

The various fees involved with fertility treatment can be daunting for some patients but Flinders Fertility offers generous fee concessions to oncofertility patients so please refer to our Concessional Fees page on this website or contact us for further information.

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For an urgent appointment, please call (08) 8155 5333 and we’ll do our best to see you immediately although we will require a referral from your Oncologist soon after.

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