Fertility and cancer treatment

Redkite have information for parents and young people about cancer treatment and how this might affect fertility.

  • Getting information about fertility and treatment
  • Support through awkward discussions
  • What if treatment has already started?

Cancer treatment can affect fertility and it is important to have discussions with your treatment team about what your options are. During treatment this may not seem like a priority, but decisions made early on can have long-term effects so it is important to find out about fertility as early as possible.

For some families it may be uncomfortable to have discussions about sex and fertility. Unfortunately, many young people don’t find out about their fertility options because of this embarrassment. If you have questions, remember you can always ask to speak to the doctor or nurse alone.

Don’t be embarrassed to talk to your medical team about sex and any questions you have – before treatment, during treatment, or afterwards. They’ll be the best people to give you informed answers, and they’re more than used to having these discussions.

For young people with partners, remember that Redkite also has information on cancer and relationships. You can contact Redkite’s support team for more information, or for help in facilitating discussions about fertility.

Cancer Advisor has a range of resources on fertility but we’re always looking for more content. Leave a comment below, share your own story or recommend a resource.

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