If you are preparing to have a bone marrow or cord blood transplant, and are of child-bearing age, you will want to discuss future fertility with your health care team. Your transplant doctor can explain the potential effects of chemotherapy and radiation treatment on fertility. Be The Match® can provide support and help you find fertility resources. Contact our patient services coordinators at 1 (888) 999-6743 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Fertility concerns and options
Some patients are unable to have children after their transplant. The likelihood can depend on your age and the details of your treatment. If you’re hoping to have children in the future, speak to your doctor about your fertility risks and preservation options before your transplant. Freezing sperm, eggs or embryos before your transplant may be an option. Some of these procedures can take a month or more. Other couples are able to conceive using donated sperm or eggs while others may choose to pursue adoption.
For more information, visit Fertile Hope, an organization providing reproductive information to cancer patients and survivors.