The main treatments for cancer are chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery, hormonal therapy and targeted therapy. These can affect your fertility in different ways.
Treatments can damage or affect:
- the eggs in the ovaries
- the pituitary gland and hormone production
- the womb, cervix or ovaries.
Doctors may not be able to predict exactly how your fertility will be affected. But your age and the planned treatment can help give an idea of your individual risk. Sometimes, it may be possible to reduce the effects of treatment on your fertility.