Coping With the Distress of Infertility- Getting Support from Other Cancer Survivors

You may find comfort and hope in talking to someone else who has been through cancer and has experienced fertility challenges. Sharing stories with a peer can help you feel less alone. Even if your partner, family, or friends do not understand how you feel, keep in mind that you are not alone. You may prefer to go online and find blogs or videos by cancer survivors, telling their stories about fertility and having children after cancer. It can also be powerful, however, to talk one-on-one with someone with a similar history, whether you meet in person, speak over the phone, or email together.  If this feels right for you, there are specialized cancer organizations that may be able to provide support: 

  • Livestrong Fertility Services offers education and financial help for cancer patients facing potential infertility. You can also talk one-on-one with a patient navigator by calling 1-855-220-7777 

  • If you were pregnant when your cancer was diagnosed, contact Pregnant with Cancer. Their buddy program will try to put you in touch with a woman with a similar type of cancer who was pregnant during her treatment 

  • The Young Survival Coalition (212-206-6610) offers a SurvivorLink program that will match you with a similar woman who has had breast cancer: call 877.YSC.1011 or email: 

  • The Stupid Cancer organization focuses on teens and young adults under age 40 with cancer and offers a variety of ways to meet peers and get educational information 

  • Cancercare offers free, professionally-led telephone or online support groups on specific topics for anyone in the United States, as well as face-to-face local groups in the New York City and New Jersey areas. Some are geared especially for young adults 

  • Critical Mass: The Young Adult Cancer Alliance is the umbrella organization for advocacy groups focusing on younger cancer survivors  

  • The Cancer Support Community has chapters in many cities that offer classes and groups for cancer survivors on a variety of topics, most free of charge. It also has one of the best online resources for cancer patients and survivors, including professionally-led support groups offered in real time over the internet.