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Questions to ask your cancer care team and fertility care team

The following questions below may help you think about what is important to you about these fertility preservation options. Writing down your thoughts will help you talk with your cancer care team and fertility care team to plan your care before starting your cancer treatment.

  • Does my cancer type or treatment affect the type of fertility preservation option I can have?
  • Can I check if I am fertile before my cancer treatment starts?
  • Why should I make a fertility preservation decision right now?
  • Do I have time to undergo fertility preservation before starting cancer treatment?
  • Is there anything that can be done during cancer treatment to protect my fertility?
  • For how long is it safe to delay my cancer treatment?
  • Will having treatment to preserve my fertility delay my cancer treatment? If so, what effect could this have on my chance of recovering from cancer?
  • Will I have to pay for my fertility preservation treatment? Will I have to pay for storing and using my eggs, embryos or tissue in the future?

The following questions may help you prepare for the fertility consultation:

  • I am not in a relationship but may want a child in future – what are my options?
  • How long will fertility preservation take and what will be the expected delay to starting my cancer treatment?
  • What are the chances of me being able to have my own children in the future?
  • Would using any fertility preservation option affect my chances of the cancer coming back?