Breast cancer treatments like chemotherapy drugs and radiation therapy
can affect a patient’s fertility. If you are still considering children,
or want to have more children following treatment, speak with your physician
about the fertility options best for you. There are now a number of ways
to preserve fertility. Research is ongoing to find out how well they work
and how safe they are for women with breast cancer. Some options of fertility
preservation are not appropriate for certain patients, depending on the
type of cancer.
If you're concerned about how cancer treatment might affect your fertility,
you may have options. Getting information about fertility preservation
methods before you begin cancer treatment may help you make an informed
choice. If you're considering taking steps to preserve your fertility
before cancer treatment, talk to your doctor, oncologist or a reproductive
specialist about your options. Your medical team will consider the type
of cancer you have, your treatment plan and the amount of time you have
before treatment begins to help determine the best approach for you.