- Fertility and Women With Cancer
- Talking to your cancer care team about fertility before your treatment
- How cancer treatments can affect fertility in women
- Preserving fertility in women with cancer
- Preserving fertility in girls and teens with cancer
- Frequently asked questions
- Other fertility-related issues to think about
- To learn more
To learn more
More information from your American Cancer Society
Here is 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 website, 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 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)
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 websites*
Along with the American Cancer Society, other sources of information and support include:
Toll-free number: 1-855-220-7777
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).
Toll-free number: 1-866-708-3378
Has a timeline for patients with information about fertility at all cancer stages, from diagnosis to after treatment; also offers assistance in finding a local fertility preservation specialist, as well as information for patients and their parents or partners whose fertility may have or will be impaired by cancer treatment.
International Council on Infertility Information Dissemination (INCIID)
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 “IVF Scholarships & Programs” on the left side of the INCIID home page.)
RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association
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 website. Offers education and support groups; online community also available.
American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)
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. Also has a directory of ASRM member doctors.
American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
Toll-free number: 1-888-651-3038
A comprehensive online resource providing oncologist-approved cancer information to help patients and families make informed health care decisions. Has “What to Know: ASCO’s Guideline on Fertility Preservation” for patients available for free at www.cancer.net/patientguides.
American Academy of Adoption Attorneys
Offers list of experienced member adoption attorneys and affiliated agencies.
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: 11/06/2013
Last Revised: 11/06/2013