Fertility is a challenge for some people after cancer treatment.
Recently, the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer published a report on the challenges AYAs (Adolescents and Young Adults – ages 15-39) with cancer face. The report argued that young adults with cancer have greater psychosocial and medical needs. Here are just a few of the medical needs:
- Their diagnoses are more complex, landing somewhere between pediatric and adult oncology, and require a broader range of expertise;
- They are more susceptible to delayed diagnosis due to low suspicion; and
- Their cancers are often more advanced, requiring more aggressive treatment.
It’s the cancer treatment that causes the risk of infertility. With their need for more aggressive treatments, this risk is big for AYAs with cancer. As people are increasingly waiting until their 30s and 40s to have children, many AYAs have not yet started or completed their families when diagnosed with cancer (The Asco Post). So, fertility after cancer is a major concern for them and, research shows, this concern goes unresolved year after year.
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