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​Infertility is being unable to become pregnant. Some cancer treatments can cause temporary infertility and some can cause permanent infertility. Women react to infertility in different ways. For some, infertility can be very distressing to live with. It may seem especially hard when you have had a long journey with cancer.

 

Causes

The main treatments for cancer are chemotherapy, radiation therapy, and surgery. These treatments affect fertility in different ways. Read about how different treatments may affect fertility in "Managing your fertility after cancer treatment" [PDF, opens in new window] 

 

What you can do

Some women find it helpful to talk things over with their partner, family or friends. Others may prefer to talk to a counsellor. Your family doctor or cancer specialist can arrange this for you.

 

More information

 

Last reviewed: 1/4/2018
Last modified: 1/24/2019 9:59 AM