Information and resources for health professionals

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Information and resources for health professionals

Assisted reproductive treatment clinics (fertility specialists and infertility counselling)

  • Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) clinics

The Fertility Society of Australia website lists contact details for Reproductive Technology Accreditation Committee (RTAC)-accredited ART units in each state and territory. All ART clinics offer infertility counselling.

Practice guidelines

ASCO’s practice guidelines for oncologists about available fertility preservation methods and related issues in people treated for cancer (published in 2006).

- Ethics Committee Report: Fertility Preservation and Reproduction in Cancer Patients
- Practice Committee Report: Ovarian Tissue and Oocyte Cryopreservation


Strategy for Fertility Services for Survivors of Childhood Cancer

Clinical practice guidelines for the management and support of younger women with breast cancer.

Long-term follow-up guidelines for survivors of childhood, adolescent and young adult cancers.


Andrology Australia is the peak body providing information for the general public and health professionals on male reproductive health. The site includes information about semen storage for men who have been diagnosed with cancer and for those who have had treatment, fertility testing and options for having a family. Health information can be downloaded or free printed copies can be ordered directly.

Charts (in PDF format) summarising currently available data on the fertility risks associated with specific cancer treatments.

Reference chart for health professionals comparing fertility preservation and parenthood after cancer options based on criteria such as cost, time required, success rates and more.

The Fertility Society of Australia is the peak body representing scientists, doctors, researchers, nurses, consumers and counsellors in reproductive medicine in Australia & New Zealand. The site provides contact details for Assisted Reproductive Technology clinics in Australia.

The Oncofertility Consortium is a national, interdisciplinary initiative designed to explore the reproductive future of cancer survivors. It is supported by the (US) National Institutes of Health.
Website: is a joint resource of The Oncofertility Consortium and The Hormone and The Hormone Foundation. It provides information and guidance to oncologists, endocrinologists, and other health care providers concerned with the reproductive health of cancer patients and survivors in the form of ‘provider pocket guides’ and apps.

The Society supports and promotes clinical and research activities related to fertility preservation for patients at risk of premature gonadal failure.

Recommended reading

Demeestere I, Simon P, Emiliani S, Delbaere A, Englert Y. Orthotopic and heterotopic ovarian tissue transplantation. Hum Reprod Update. 2009; 15(6):649-65. [Available at].

Donnez J, Dolmans MM. Cryopreservation of ovarian tissue: an overview. Minerva Med. 2009; 100(5):401-13. [Available at].

Hart R. Preservation of fertility in adults and children diagnosed with cancer. BMJ 2008; 337:a2045. [Available at].

Hickey M, Peate M, Saunders CM, Friedlander M. Breast cancer in young women and its impact on reproductive function. Hum Reprod Update 2009; 15(3): 323-39. Epub 2009 Jan 27. [Available at].

ISFP Practice Committee, Kim SS, Donnez J, Barri P, Pellicer A, Patrizio P, Rosenwaks Z, Nagy P, Falcone T, Andersen C, Hovatta O, Wallace H, Meirow D, Gook D, Kim SH, Tzeng CR, Suzuki S, Ishizuka B, Dolmans MM. Recommendations for fertility preservation in patients with lymphoma, leukemia, and breast cancer. J Assist Reprod Genet 2012; 29(6):465-8. [Available at].

Levine J, Canada A and Stern CJ. Fertility preservation in adolescents and young adults with cancer. J Clin Oncol 2010; 28(32):4831-4841. [Available at].

Menon S, Rives N, Mousset-Simeon N, Sibert JL, Vannier JP, Mazurier S, Masse L, Duchesne V, Mace B. Fertility preservation in adolescent males: experience over 22 years at Rouen University Hospital. Human Reproduction 2009; 24:37-44.

Royal College of Physicians, The Royal College of Radiologists, Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. The effects of cancer treatment on reproductive functions: Guidance on management. Report of a Working Party. London: Royal College of Physicians, 2007. [Available at].

Schmidt KT, Larsen EC, Andersen CY, Andersen AN. Risk of ovarian failure and fertility preserving methods in girls and adolescents with a malignant disease. BJOG 2010; 117(2):163-74. [Available at].

Woodruff TK. The Oncofertility Consortium – addressing fertility in young people with cancer. Nat Rev Clin Oncol 2010:466-75. [Available at].

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