FCIC Cancer Insights Lecture - Cancer and Fertility

FCIC Cancer Insights Lecture Series - Cancer and Fertility

Understanding the impact of cancer and its treatment on fertility and the options that are available to preserve fertility.

On July 16, 2013, the FCIC hosted a special cancer and fertility session with Flinders cancer research and treatment specialists:

Prof Bogda Koczwara, Head of the Department of Medical Oncology at Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer, and

Dr Fiona Young, Research Scientist, Flinders Fertility, Flinders Medical Centre.

Dr Michael McEvoy, Director of Clinical Services, Flinders Fertility.

When a cancer diagnosis is made, one of the first questions that often pops to mind for those who wish to have children is will it affect my fertility?

Not all cancers or treatments will cause infertility, but unfortunately many do. However, there is often an opportunity before treatment starts when the most effective fertility preservation can take place.

This session helped attendees understand how cancer and cancer treatments can affect fertility, understand the psychosocial impact of fertility loss and help navigate the fertility preservation options that are currently available. It also addressed the clinical aspects of fertility preservation and achieving the ‘holy grail’ of onco-fertility - early referral.

The lecture is relevant to patients as well as cancer specialists, general practitioners, fertility specialists and other medical providers involved in cancer treatment who would like to learn more about cancer and fertility.


Members of the Cancer Voices SA advocacy group attended the session and have created a wonderful resource of quality information on their website that they have offered to us to share with our guests and interested browers. Please click here to visit their website to learn more about the fantastic work that they do.


Website resources for patients and family

FertileHope Fertile Hope is dedicated to providing reproductive information, support and hope to cancer patients and survivors whose medical treatments present the risk of infertility.  FertileHope is a LIVESTRONG initiative.

Information and short videos for men and women about the impact and management of cancer treatment effects on fertility from the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Centre in the USA.

SaveMyFertility.org is an authoritative resource for adult cancer patients and the parents of children with cancer who want to learn more about preserving their fertility before and during cancer treatment, and protecting their hormonal health after treatment. 



Clinical Oncological Society of Australia (COSA) fertility preservation resources for Adolescents and Young Adults with cancer:

Summary of recommendations (Printable version)

  1. Introduction
  2. Discussing fertility with AYAs diagnosed with cancer
  3. Managing the fertility preservation process
  4. Impact of cancer treatments on fertility
  5. Options for fertility preservation
  6. Long term follow up
  7. Information and support for patients and families
  8. Information and resources for health professionals

SaveMyFertility.org provides information and guidance to oncologists, endocrinologists, and other health care providers concerned with the reproductive health of cancer patients and survivors.



Recent open access journal articles about 'cancer and fertility'

Infertility, infertility treatment, and achievement of pregnancy in female survivors of childhood cancer: a report from the Childhood Cancer Survior Study cohort  The Lancet July 2013

CHILDBIRTH IN YOUNG ADULT CANCER SURVIVORS Recurrence-free female young adult survivors of non-gynecologic malignancies are less likely than controls to give birth after diagnosis, and the overall modest effect is influenced by pre-diagnosis childbirth and malignancy type. BMC Cancer 2013, 13:30