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Spanish-Language Website Provides Information About Cancer Patients' Fertility

September 2010

Spanish-speaking cancer patients have a new web site to gain information about the effects of cancer treatments on fertility and the options available to them to preserve their fertility. Many life-saving cancer 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. The new Spanish-language site is Es.MyOncofertility.org

Within the United States, Spanish is the second most-common language and is the primary language for more than 34 million people worldwide.

Both web sites are a project of Northwestern's Oncofertility Consortium, a national group of scientists who investigate and expand the fertility options of cancer survivors.

"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.

Woodruff also is the Thomas J. Watkins Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and a member of the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

In addition, cancer patients of color are more distressed by loss of fertility due to cancer treatment and more likely to want fertility preservation information than Caucasians, according to a study. "We developed the Spanish-language site to make the MyOncofertility web site as inclusive as possible," Woodruff said.

In addition to discussing fertility preservation options, Es.MyOncofertility.org includes patient testimonials, animations of fertility preservation techniques and links to support groups.

(Last updated on June 21, 2013 )