Cancer and your fertility

764px-Chemotherapy_vialsWomen who have had cancer as children are less likely to find it impacts on their chances of having a family than their male counterparts according to a new study from the United States.

The study looked at data relating to certain groups of young people who had survived childhood cancers and found that 70% of the women had got pregnant (compared with over 80% of siblings), yet just 50% of them men had children (compared with 80% for siblings).

The kind of chemotherapy regimes used to treat children with cancer have changed in recent years, and for men it was the cumulative impact of certain drugs which reduced the chances of having children. For women, it is thought that chemotherapy lead to an earlier menopause so the negative impact of treatment was greater in those who had left it later to try to conceive.

You can find the full study published in The Lancet Oncology here

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