- Fertility and Cancer: What Are My Options?
- What is infertility?
- Talking to your cancer care team about fertility before your treatment
- How does cancer treatment affect fertility in women?
- Preserving fertility in women before cancer treatment
- Fertility options for women after treatment
- How does cancer treatment affect fertility in men
- Preserving fertility in men before cancer treatment
- Fertility options for men after cancer treatment
- Preserving fertility in children with cancer
- Frequently asked questions
- Other issues
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here is some more information you might find helpful. You also can order free copies of our documents from our toll-free number, 1-800-227-2345, or read them on our Web site, www.cancer.org.
Coping with cancer
After Diagnosis: A Guide for Patient and Families (also in Spanish)
Sexual effects of cancer and cancer treatment
Sexuality for the Man With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Sexuality for the Woman With Cancer (also in Spanish)
Cancer treatment information
Understanding Cancer Surgery: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Chemotherapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Understanding Radiation Therapy: A Guide for Patients and Families (also in Spanish)
Where to Turn: Patient and Family Support Program Overview Pamphlet (also in Spanish)
Your American Cancer Society also has books that you might find helpful. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit our bookstore online to find out about costs or to place an order.
National organizations and Web sites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
Toll-free number: 1-866-965-7205
Web site: www.fertilehope.org
Provides a list of fertility specialists and sperm banks, and information on fertility risks, options, and research studies. Financial help is available from Sharing Hope, a program for newly diagnosed cancer patients who wish to preserve fertility by egg freezing, embryo freezing, or sperm banking (must meet eligibility requirements).
Also has Live:On at-home sperm donation kits which can be ordered online at www.liveonkit.com/order.cfm.
Web site: myoncofertility.org
Has a timeline for patients with information about fertility at all cancer stages, from diagnosis to after treatment; also offers fertility information for parents of children with cancer.
International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID)
Web site: www.inciid.org
Offers information on getting early care with qualified specialists and how to find them; fertility fact sheets; online support forums and weekly chat sessions; and “From INCIID the Heart,” help for in vitro fertilization for those with financial and medical need, but without health insurance to cover it (Click “Programs and Initiatives” on the INCIID home page.)
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
Telephone number: 703-556-7172
Web site: www.resolve.org
Provides information on the infertility journey, including treatment, coping, third party reproduction, adoption, child-free living, advocacy, and more. Also has fact sheets and personal stories. Local chapters/affiliates can be found on the Web site. Offers education and support groups; online community also available.
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
Web site: www.asrm.org
Offers infertility information, fact sheets, and booklets on adoption, genetic screening for birth defects, in vitro fertilization, sexual problems, reproduction information for cancer patients, and more; choose “Resources” tab on the home page. Some info available in Spanish. Has a directory of ASRM member doctors.
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Toll-free number: 1-888-651-3038
Web site: www.cancer.net
A comprehensive online resource providing oncologist-approved cancer information to help patients and families make informed health care decisions. Has “ASCO’s Guideline on Fertility Preservation” for patients available for free at www.cancer.net/patientguides.
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
Web site: www.adoptionattorneys.org
Offers list of experienced adoption attorneys.
American Association of Tissue Banking (AATB)
Web site: www.aatb.org
Lists those sperm banks that have received accreditation by the AATB.
Directory of Sperm Banks
Web site: www.spermbankdirectory.com
Maintains basic sperm banking information along with lists of sperm banks in the United States.
No matter who you are, we can help. Contact us anytime, day or night, for information and support. Call us at 1-800-227-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.
Last Medical Review: 09/18/2012
Last Revised: 11/19/2012