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Fertility: Home

Many cancer treatments and some types of cancer can cause sexual and fertility-related side effects. The type of treatment you receive, your age at time of treatment, and how long it has been since you had treatment can impact your fertility. It is important to learn how the treatment recommended for you may affect your fertility before you start treatment. Talk to your healthcare providers if you have questions or concerns.

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Support Group

Young Adult Support Group

This support group provides a place where young adults, ages 18-40, can share their cancer experience, support one another, exchange information and create meaningful moments. 

Schedule: 3rd Thursday of each month, 5:30 pm - 7:00 pm

This program is offered free-of-charge and is facilitated by professional staff. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, support groups are currently meeting online via Zoom. For more information including how to register, see the Cancer Center calendar or email Rosario Campuzano-Cortez at


Fertility - Young Adults with Cancer Series, "Moving Forward" - 4:50 minutes

Cancer and its treatment may affect a person's ability to conceive a child in the future. Get perspectives on fertility and cancer in this video led by medical experts from the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO). In collaboration with the LIVESTRONG Foundation, ASCO has launched a series of "Moving Forward" videos aimed at helping young adults with cancer.


LIVESTRONG - Fertility - 5:00 minutes

Chuck Wadey, who was diagnosed with Malignant Melanoma at 26, and his wife, Amber, discuss the concerns both male and female cancer survivors face about the potential inability to have children due to the effects of cancer treatment. Hear from the Wadeys and other cancer survivors about the importance of considering your risk for infertility and the steps you can take before treatment to preserve your fertility.


Resources provided by the Cancer Resource Library are for informational purposes only. The information in these materials may or may not apply to your specific condition, and should not be construed as medical advice. We strongly encourage you to consult your healthcare provider to review anything you learn through these resources.

Ridley-Tree Cancer Center provides comprehensive cancer treatment and support programs for patients and families. We are recognized for medical excellence, a strong clinical research program, and a multidisciplinary approach to cancer prevention.

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