Some cancer treatments can affect your future fertility, which means your ability to have a baby that is biologically yours (has your genes or DNA).
Not all cancers or cancer treatments affect future fertility. It depends on your age, your cancer type and location, the type of treatment you have and how much, and the way your body reacts.
You may feel a bit embarrassed or awkward asking about fertility – but it’s important to know the risks so you can make decisions about protecting your fertility if you need to. If there is a risk, you will probably be referred to a fertility specialist to discuss the options for preserving your fertility.