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Learn how cancer can affect your body, body image, fertility, and reproductive health.
Cancer and cancer treatment can change your body. Changes in how your body looks, feels, and performs can affect your body imageâhow you perceive your body and feel about your appearance. Body image is closely tied to self-image and self-concept. Self-concept includes body image and an individual's perception of his or her personality, abilities, potential, values, and interests.
The physical and emotional changes brought on by cancer and treatment may affect sexuality, fertility, reproductive health, and sexual relationships. Learning how to cope with these changes can help your recovery and well-being.
Fertility, the ability to have children, is a common concern for young adults with cancer. Learn more about how cancer treatment affects fertility and questions to ask your treatment team about this potential complication. Note—this link takes you out of the Cancer in Young Adults section and into the Sexual and Reproductive Health section.
Learn about the effects of cancer treatment on current and future pregnancies.