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Some cancers and cancer treatments, especially gynecologic surgery, radiation and certain chemotherapies, can affect fertility in women. These effects may be temporary or permanent. The following factors may increase the effects of chemotherapy on fertility:
Women who are diagnosed with cancer may have options to preserve their fertility, and should speak with their health care providers about their fertility preferences before beginning treatment. National guidelines recommend that, if possible, oncologists speak with young adults with cancer about fertility preservation prior to starting treatment.
Oncologists and fertility experts work together to expand fertility options for cancer survivors, which is particularly important for individuals with cancers caused by inherited mutations because these people are more likely to be diagnosed at an earlier age, before they have completed their family.