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.