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100 Questions & Answers About Cancer & Fertility

Author(s): Kutluk H. Oktay, MD, Cornell University Weill Medical College - New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center
Lindsay Nohr Beck, Fertile Hope
Joyce Dillion Reinecke, JD
  • ISBN-13: 9780763740498
  • ISBN-10:0763740497
  • Paperback    152 pages      © 2008
Price: $19.95 US List
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Approximately 130,000 of people diagnosed with cancer in the United States each year are in their reproductive years and 1,000,000 cancer survivors are diagnosed during their reproductive years. Whether you're a newly diagnosed cancer patient, a survivor, or loved one of someone suffering from infertility, this book offers help. The only text available to provide both the doctor's and patient's views, 100 Questions & Answers About Cancer & Fertility, provides practical, authoritative answers to 100 of the most common questions asked by cancer patients and survivors about fertility. Written by an ObGyn/reproductive medicine specialist and cancer/fertility patient advocate, with commentary from actual patients, this is an invaluable resource for anyone struggling with the medical, physical, and emotional turmoil of cancer and infertility.

“I am a cancer survivor – but I am also a Dad. When I look at my three beautiful children and realize that they would not be here if I wasn’t told to bank my sperm, I feel overwhelmed with gratitude. They are my life – they are my legacy. Every cancer survivor deserves the chance to be a parent, and this book can make it happen!”

- Lance Armstrong


Lance Armstrong Foundation

Features & Benefits

Concise, easy-to-read paperback book.

The question and answer format mimics an actual physician consultation.

Provides both the patient's and physician's perspective on cancer and infertility.

Written by an expert author team with extensive experience.

Provides practical answers to questions about treatment options, sources of support, and much more.

Kutluk H. Oktay, MD-Cornell University Weill Medical College - New York Presbyterian Hospital - Weill Cornell Medical Center

Kutluk H. Oktay, MD, works in the Department of Ob-Gyn at Cornell University Weill Medical College, NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital/Weill Cornell Medical Center.

Lindsay Nohr Beck-Fertile Hope

Lindsay Beck is the Founder and Executive Director of Fertile Hope.


Joyce Dillion Reinecke, JD

Joyce Dillon Reineche, JD, is an 8-year survivor of leiomyosarcoma and the mother of 6-year-old twins through gestational surrogacy. After her diagnosis at age 29 and her personal journey to preserve her fertility, Joyce left her career as a trademark attorney to raise her daughters. In 2003, she joined Fertile Hope as the Program Director, where she oversees its advocacy, education, and awareness programs. She lives in Tarrytown, New York with her husband, John, and daughters, Alexandra and Olivia.

  • “I am a cancer survivor – but I am also a Dad.  When I look at my three beautiful children and realize that they would not be here if I wasn’t told to bank my sperm, I feel overwhelmed with gratitude.  They are my life – they are my legacy.  Every cancer survivor deserves the chance to be a parent, and this book can make it happen!” 

    - Lance Armstrong


    Lance Armstrong Foundation


    “At first glance, cancer and infertility don't seem to have much in common.  But don't tell that to a young cancer patient who dreams of one day starting a family.  [These authors] cut through the science, the medical jargon, and the confusion of this medical cross-section and gives us an insightful primer that will be a mainstay for patients and their doctors.”

    - Nancy L Snyderman,, M.D.

    Chief Medical Editor NBC News

    Associate Professor of Otolaryngology

    University of Pennsylvania


    “A rising issue worldwide is fertility in the patient with cancer.  This is due to the fortunate coupling of increasing cancer survival in young patients and new reproductive technologies that can be applied.  This book by the expert in the field covers all aspect in a thorough yet comprehensive manner.  The author portrays a proper perspective, and this book is filled with gems of important information.  The book is so packed with excellent information that both professionals and patients will benefit.  The use of patient scenarios is extremely effective.”

    - Alan H. DeCherney, M.D.
    Editor-in-Chief, Fertility and Sterility


    “With nearly 700,000 cancer survivors in the U.S. who are younger than 40, this book is more than about fertility.  It is vital ... not only to the current and next survivors, and to those around the world, but to the professionals and caregivers, many of whom struggle finding the answers that are contained within."


    - Archie Bleyer, M.D.

    Adolescent and Young Adult Cancer Specialist,

    St. Charles Medical Center, Bend, OR


    “Lindsay Nohr Beck knows the struggles of infertility after cancer first hand.  She and her colleagues have written a meticulously researched, practical guide for everyone of reproductive age diagnosed with cancer.  I wish it had existed when I was diagnosed.”


    - Dan Shapiro, Ph.D.

    Director, Medical Humanities Program
    Associate Professor of Clinical Psychiatry
    University of Arizona College of Medicine

    Author, Mom’s Marijuana: Life, Love, and Beating the Odds


    This book provides authoritative answers to the many thousands of younger people diagnosed with cancer before they have had a chance to complete their families.  . . . Now current information for both men and women can be found in one place, with the perspectives both of an expert health care professional and from survivors who have been through the experience themselves.”


    -Leslie R. Schover, Ph.D.

    Professor of Behavioral Science,

    UT M. D. Anderson Cancer Center


    “At some point, most young adults diagnosed with cancer realize that life goes on, and many will live long, fulfilling and perhaps challenging lives after cancer.  Questions about "what next" -- job, career, relationships, family, children -- eventually replace concerns about cancer treatment.  Survivors have hundreds of questions, and this new guidebook will assist by providing some solid answers."


    - Brad Zebrack, PhD, MSW, MPH

    Assistant Professor,

    USC School of Social Work


    “Cancer related infertility is an extremely complicated, emotional and often misunderstood subject.   . . . This guide will be an invaluable resource to both males and females newly diagnosed with cancer."


    - Marcia Leonard RN NP

    Fertility Counseling and Gamete Cryopreservation Program University of Michigan Comprehensive Cancer Center Ann Arbor, MI