by Samantha Yee, Co-Editor CKN OFRN Content, Social Worker, Centre for Fertility and Reproductive Health (CFRH), Mount Sinai Hospital. Doctoral Program, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
Some cancer types, cancer treatments and cancer drugs have side effects on the reproductive system, and may temporarily or permanently affect your ability to have children. The risks to fertility vary, and are highly dependent on your gender, your age at diagnosis, your cancer treatment and doses of drugs, and your past reproductive history. For males, it means they may have more difficulty getting their partner pregnant. For females, it means they may have more difficulty conceiving and carrying a pregnancy.
Helping young women with cancer preserve the chance of future motherhood through cryopreservation
by Samantha Yee, MSW, PhD(c), Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto
The latest statistics from the Canadian Cancer Society estimate that in the year 2013, 4,896 males and 4,798 females between 20 and 39 will be newly diagnosed with cancer.1 Medical advances in cancer diagnostic testing and increasingly successful cancer treatments have led to growing numbers of young women surviving cancer and living productive lives following cancer therapy. With the growing number of cancer patients conquering cancer, much attention in cancer care is now directed to improving their quality of life following treatment, with reproductive health being one of the priorities.