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Fertility navigation program
Children, adolescents, and young adults with cancer or who are undergoing blood/marrow transplantation (BMT) are at risk for infertility (the inability to get pregnant or reproduce by natural means). The risk of infertility depends on many things including the type of chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation received, as well as things like age and stage of puberty at the time of diagnosis. The type of cancer or other disease group (blood or auto-immune disorder), also plays a part.
Fertility discussion is ongoing from diagnosis through survivorship care. Fertility preservation options may be available to consider for both male and female patients, before or after treatment ends. Along with fertility, certain disease groups and treatments may affect the hormones needed for growth and pubertal development. Blood tests can be done to measure hormone levels and provide information about hormone and growth status.
The MACC Fund team works with providers who specialize in the care of issues related to fertility, hormones, growth, and development. The team may refer you to an Endocrinologist, Urologist, or Reproductive Endocrinologist to learn more about your options and to take the best care possible of your reproductive and hormone health. The fertility navigation team is here to help guide you through these issues.
Online fertility resources
Children's Oncology Group
Patient and family education (“Health Links”) for male and female health issues after treatment for childhood cancers.
Froedtert Hospital Reproductive Medicine
Fertility preservation information from Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin's Fertility and Reproductive Medicine team
Learn about fertility risks, options, and discount programs for fertility preservation from the Livestrong Foundation
Connect with community and online fertility resources through this international group designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors
Save My Fertility
Online fertility preservation toolkit for patients and their providers
Financial Assistance Program for fertility preservation in cancer survivors
If you need more information, call our Fertility Navigator at (414) 266-3712.