Childhood cancer treatment can affect fertility. For many children and teens receiving cancer treatment, decrease or loss of reproductive function is temporary, but some patients do not regain this function. Before the start of cancer treatment, thought must be given to whether a child’s fertility is likely to be impacted.
As treatments for childhood cancers have improved, more survivors are entering their reproductive years and are thinking about starting a family of their own. The Fertility Preservation Program at Dana-Farber/Boston Children’s Cancer and Blood Disorders Center recognizes that fertility is an important issue related to long-term quality of life. We offer a wide variety of options for both males and females.
We work closely with the cancer care team to ensure that fertility consultation and discussion of preservation options are integrated into the patient and family education of all newly diagnosed patients.