• Fertility after chemotherapy

    Asked by dmcook1990 on Friday, April 12, 2013

    Fertility after chemotherapy

    I am 22 years old and will be receiving BEP (bleomycin, etoposide, cisplatin) for dysgerminoma (germ cell) ovarian cancer. I have one ovary remaining after the one malignant tumor and ovary were removed. What are the chances the chemo will make me infertile?

    2 Answers from the Community

    • HearMeRoar's Avatar

      hey dmcook- my twin sis had this same cancer last year. she is getting married in a few weeks and has one ovary and hopes to have another baby. not sure that helps you... she got dysgerminoma "old" we're 36. i wanted to let you know that chemo wore her out pretty bad but it only lasted three months and a year later she is doing simply fantastic!! i wish you all the best.

      over 3 years ago
    • carm's Avatar

      What a great question and I am sure many women your age face this crossroad when considering their treatment options. I am an oncology nurse that specializes in gyne cancers. Although sometimes too much of a good thing can indeed be too much; for women, the drugs in your cocktail will not cause sterility. Cisplatin is known on rare occasion to cause sterility in men, but not women. You should talk with your oncologist about banking some eggs for the future. Some insurance companies will cover it, and their are womens gyne organizations that will help with the financial end as well. May I suggest that you find information to this affect on the Foundation for Womens Cancer at :
      Best of luck to you, Carm RN.

      over 3 years ago

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