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Fertility in People Diagnosed with Cancer

Learn about the effects of HBOC on fertility and family planning, how pregnancy impacts hereditary cancer risk, and options for assisted reproduction.

Common concerns about fertility preservation and cancer

Some people with cancer have concerns and questions about egg and embryo freezing:

  • Will delaying or interrupting cancer treatment to freeze eggs or embryos increase the risk of cancer recurrence or metastasis?
    • Most women can start an egg or embryo freezing cycle at any point in the menstrual cycle, limiting treatment delays by a little more than two weeks from referral to chemotherapy.
  • Can fertility medications cause cancer or make cancer worse?
    • Currently, there is no evidence of any adverse effects of fertility drugs on cancer outcomes.

Updated 10/02/17

 

 

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