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Spanish-Language Website Provides Information about Cancer Patients' Fertility

Spanish-speaking cancer patients have a new web site to find information about the effects of cancer treatments on fertility and the options available to preserve their ability to have children. Life-saving treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, increase the risk of infertility in men, women, and children.

MyOncofertility.org, a web site created by Northwestern University in 2007 to communicate fertility preservation options to cancer patients, now has a Spanish-language version: Es.MyOncofertility.org. Both web sites are a project of Northwestern’s Oncofertility Consortium, a national group of scientists who investigate cancer survivors’ fertility options.

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Within the United States, Spanish is the second most-common language. Cancer patients of color are more distressed by infertility due to cancer treatment and more likely to want fertility preservation information than Caucasians, according to a study.

“It’s critical to communicate directly to people of color, including Spanish-language speakers, because research shows that doctors of these patients are less likely to suggest preventive care,” said Teresa Woodruff, PhD, director of the Oncofertility Consortium and the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. “We developed the Spanish-language site to make the MyOncofertility web site as inclusive as possible.”