"Chemotherapy can affect fertility, but most of the time, if the person is fertile to begin with, a year or two after receiving chemotherapy the sperm count will come back." — Philip Kantoff, MD
Some types of cancer treatments, such as chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery, may cause temporary or permanent infertility. While not all patients are at risk, be sure to speak with your doctor if infertility is a concern for you.
Before you begin cancer treatment, talk with your doctor about whether you should be concerned about infertility. You can use these questions to guide your conversation:
Talk with us. You may also want to consider Dana-Farber's Sexual Health Program, whose staff includes a fertility expert specializing in fertility and reproductive health during and after cancer treatment.
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