SIDEBAR: Internet Tool to Calculate ‘Risks to Fertility'

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The risk calculator available at the Fertile Hope website ( lets patients know whether specific treatment regimens would put them at high, intermediate, low, very low/no risk, or unknown risk for azoospermia or amenorrhea. Both Fertile Hope and the ASCO fertility recommendations point out, however, that fertility can be compromised even with the maintenance or resumption of cyclic menses.

The risk calculator lists more than 15 different types of cancer each for men and women and more than 30 types of treatment, including single and combination chemotherapies and radiation therapy. To access the risk calculator, go to ■

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