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Johns Hopkins Health - Will Cancer Treatment Affect My Fertility?

Fall 2012
Issue No. 18

Will Cancer Treatment Affect My Fertility?

Date: October 24, 2012


If you’re of childbearing age and recently received a cancer diagnosis, you need to think about your fertility before you undergo cancer treatment, says Melissa Yates, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist at the Johns Hopkins Fertility Center. Radiation can put ovaries at risk, and some breast cancer treatments trigger premature menopause.

At Johns Hopkins, oncologists and fertility specialists work hand in hand. For example, depending on the type of cancer a woman has and the treatment prescribed, she might want to consider freezing her eggs or embryos.

With fertility preserved, cancer treatment can begin straightaway. “We work hard to get patients seen in a timely manner,” Yates says, “because we know time is of the essence.”

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Fertility Preservation: What You Need to Know Before Starting Cancer Treatment
Johns Hopkins reproductive endocrinologist Melissa Yates, M.D., discusses options for fertility preservation, what is involved, how important timing is, and how a woman can best prepare to have a family once she completes cancer treatment in this video from a recent webinar.