Questions for reflection
Thinking about your answers to the questions below may help
you come to a decision. Many of these are personal decisions –
there are no right or wrong answers.
- How will I know when I
have enough information
- What information and
support do I need to
determine the right time to
plan a pregnancy?
- How is cancer affecting my health right now?
- How have my overall life plans changed as a result of the cancer?
- Does my life plan include having a child?
- If I decide not to have a child, what has led me to this decision?
- Are there positive consequences of not having a child?
- If I have cancer treatment, how quickly do I need to start?
- Will cancer or its treatment affect my fertility?
- If I have a child, is it important to me that it would be
biologically related to me?
- How much will this cost
(total out-of-pocket fertility
expenses)? Which parts
are covered by Medicare
rebate? What does my
health insurance cover?
- What fertility options
do I have?
- What does my partner think?
- What are the pros of this fertility option?
- What are the cons of this fertility option?
- Which fertility option appeals more to me and why?
- Which fertility option will I steer clear of and why?
- Do I need further resources or clarification about this in order
to feel more comfortable with my decision? If so, how and when
will I seek this clarification?
- Can I have a breakdown of the costs involved each step of the way?
- Do I need to pay upfront before treatment begins?
Reviewers: Prof Martha Hickey, Head of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, University of
Melbourne, VIC; Franca Agresta, Clinical Research Manager, Melbourne IVF, VIC; Alyssa White, National Publications
Project Manager, Cancer Council NSW; and Georgia Mills, Cancer Survivor.