How can cancer affect my partner's fertility?
You may have heard that cancer can reduce fertility. While this is true for cancers that affect the reproductive organs, such as cancer of the uterus or testicles, other cancers may not directly cause infertility. In most cases, infertility is actually caused by the treatment for the cancer, such as chemotherapy or radiation, rather than the cancer itself. It is important to understand that while cancer treatments can be very effective, they can cause side effects that harm the ability to reproduce.
Remember: Concerns about fertility are valid and important, especially in planning for life after cancer. If your partner has been diagnosed with a cancer of the reproductive tract, or if you are concerned about the possible effect of cancer treatment on his or her future fertility, start by visiting the sections of this Web site that describe options for preserving fertility before cancer treatment. This information may help you prepare to speak with your partner’s doctor about options that are appropriate for and available to you as a couple.