Dr. Lila Schmidt shares if it is possible to calculate a cancer patient's infertility risk.
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That’s a difficult question because it’s so broad on cancer. It depends on what kind of cancer. If she has a cancer which is surgically treated and not involving their uterus, tubes or ovaries her chances of becoming pregnant is, if she does not have any other issues like a male partner with a sperm problem, an age problem herself, or probably sick from any disease, her chances are very good. The chance of any woman who does not have any problems getting pregnant is 25% per month having intercourse on her own with her male partner. So it’s not a high number to begin with. What you can do before somebody goes through therapy is get the ultrasound on day three and some blood tests to see how close she is before she even starts her chemotherapy or surgical therapy or radiation therapy for her cancer.