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- Certain types of cancer treatments can affect a person's fertility (ability to conceive a child or maintain a pregnancy).
- There are various options to help preserve fertility in men and women.
- Before treatment begins, talk with your doctor about the possible fertility related side effects of your treatment and the options that are available to you to preserve fertility.
To help doctors give their patients the best possible care, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) asks its medical experts to develop recommendations for specific areas of cancer care. ASCO developed recommendations for fertility preservation for people with cancer. This guide for patients is based on ASCO's recommendations.
As you read this guide, please keep in mind that every person treated for cancer is different. These recommendations are not meant to replace your judgment or that of your doctor. The final decisions you and your doctors make will be based on your individual circumstances.