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Fertility preservation for people with cancer

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Practice guidelines 

European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) Female Fertility Preservation Guideline (2020) 

Information for health professionals on fertility preservation options for use in patients, including those diagnosed with cancer. Recommendations about information provision and support, pre-fertility preservation assessment, fertility preservation intervention and after treatment care. 

The Royal Children's Hospital Melbourne Fertility Preservation Principles of Care and Guidance (2020)  

Information for health professionals for use in the introductory discussion of fertility for families of children and adolescents receiving medical therapy or having medical conditions that can affect fertility. 

American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Fertility Preservation in Patients with Cancer Clinical Practice Guideline Update (2018) 

Recommendations for health professionals about fertility preservation for adults and children with cancer. 

Websites 

Fertility Society of Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ)  

The Fertility Society of Australia and New Zealand is the peak body representing scientists, doctors, researchers, nurses, consumers and counsellors in reproductive medicine in Australia and New Zealand. Fact sheets for health professionals are available. 

Your Fertility 

Your Fertility was developed by the Fertility Coalition (Victorian Assisted Reproductive Treatment Authority (VARTA), Healthy Male, Jean Hailes for Women's Health, Global and Women's Health at Monash University and The Robinson Research Institute at The University of Adelaide). Education resources and professional development opportunities for health professionals are available, including fact sheets, webinars and online learning modules. 

Healthy Male   

Healthy Male is a national organisation providing information on men’s health. It was established in 2000 and is supported by the Australian Government Department of Health. Resources for health professionals available include a clinical summary guide on male infertility, case studies and other news articles. 

Oncofertility Consortium  

The Oncofertility Consortium is an international, interdisciplinary initiative that encourages collaboration between oncologists, reproductive endocrinologists and other healthcare professionals. Online resource catalogue for health professionals is available.  

The Oncofertility Decision Tool Web Portal provides information to help health care providers guide patients through their fertility preservation options. 

SaveMyFertility.org  

SaveMyFertility.org is a resource of the Oncofertility Consortium for adult cancer patients and provides information and guidance to oncologists, endocrinologists, and other health care providers concerned with the reproductive health of cancer patients and survivors in the form of pocket guides on the following topics: 

  • Fertility Preservation for Women Diagnosed with Cancer 
  • Fertility Preservation for Men Diagnosed with Cancer 
  • Fertility Preservation for Children Diagnosed with Cancer 

International Society for Fertility Preservation  

The Society supports and promotes clinical and research activities related to fertility preservation for patients at risk of premature gonadal failure. 
 

Resources for People with Cancer

Fertility information and decision aids 

Cancer Council – Fertility and cancer 

This comprehensive booklet has been prepared to help people with cancer understand more about the impact of treatment on fertility. It includes options for males and females before cancer treatment as well as after cancer treatment, fertility testing and options for having a family. It also includes a question checklist for appointments to help make an informed choice. 

Maybe Later Baby (for young people WITH cancer)

Maybe later baby? A guide to relationships, sex and fertility for young people with cancer is a book developed by Canteen to provide important and timely information for young people who have just been diagnosed with cancer or are currently undergoing treatment. It has information for young people about fertility preservation options before undergoing treatment and answers common questions. 

Maybe Later Baby (for young people AFTER cancer) 

Maybe later baby? A guide to relationships, sex and fertility for young people after cancer is a book developed by Canteen to provide important and timely information for young people who have finished treatment for cancer. It has information for young people about fertility preservation options after having treatment, fertility testing and options for having a family.  

Oncofertility Consortium 

The Oncofertility Consortium is an international, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors. The site includes information for people with cancer about fertility preservation options, and links to other resources. 

SaveMyFertility.org 

SaveMyFertility.org is a resource of the Oncofertility Consortium for adults with cancer and the parents of children with cancer who want to learn more about preserving their fertility before and during cancer treatment, and protecting their hormonal health after treatment. 

European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE) – Patient leaflet on female fertility preservation  

This booklet is intended for patients, but may also be useful for their family members and caregivers. It aims to provide women with information on appropriate fertility preservation interventions and tools to discuss their options with their doctor. 

Breast Cancer Network Australia – Fertility preservation  

A video resource where fertility specialists explain the potential risks to fertility and range of fertility preservation options available before starting breast cancer treatment. 

Cancer Australia – Breast cancer and fertility 

This section of the Cancer Australia website provides information for women about the effects of breast cancer treatment on fertility, contraception after breast cancer treatment, and pregnancy and breast cancer. 

Support for AYAs with cancer 

Canteen 

Canteen is an Australian not-for-profit that provides free and tailored support to young people aged 12-25 who are impacted by cancer. Canteen provides specialist support services for young people with cancer and access to free information and resources, including the following: 

Cancer Council 13 11 20 

Cancer Council 13 11 20 is a free, confidential telephone information and support service run by Cancer Councils in each state and territory. Specially trained staff are available to answer questions about cancer, offer emotional or practical support, and refer young people to age-appropriate support groups or services. 

Information about early menopause after cancer 

Jean Hailes for Women’s Health – Understanding premature and early menopause  

Australasian Menopause Society – Early menopause: chemotherapy and radiation therapy 

Cancer Australia – Breast cancer and menopause  

Cancer Australia – Managing menopausal symptoms after breast cancer: a guide for women 

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