Fertility Preservation in women with cancer

Dr Sally Reid


Fertility preservation is an overarching definition, with Oncofertility describing the intersection of two disciplines; Oncology and Reproductive Medicine. Consideration of the loss of reproductive and/ or sexual function following cancer diagnosis is not a new idea, however over the last decade there has been a huge global effort to increase awareness.

The science within both fields is progressing at an outstanding pace, with increasing survivorship and fertility preservation options. This presentation will outline the options available to women diagnosed with breast cancer. These include GnRH Agonists, oocyte or embryo cryopreservation, ovarian tissue cryopreservation (with a view to future ovarian reimplantation/transplant), or a well-informed decision not to proceed.

What is most important is that all women of reproductive age, with curative intent, are offered a discussion with a fertility specialist. Lack of information about fertility protection options, or lack of access due to geography or socio-economic status, has been demonstrated to be the main cause of psychological distress in survivors.

My hope is that you will leave this presentation with all the knowledge that you need to start the discussion, enabling timely referral and greater quality of life for our patients.


Dr Sally Reid is a Gynaecologist and Fertility Specialist in public and private practice in Adelaide.
Dr Reid’s particular interests include Oncofertility, Paediatric/Adolescent Gynaecology and Endometriosis. Dr Reid heads the Reproductive Endocrinology Clinic at the Royal Adelaide Hospital. Following on in Professor Rob Norman’s footsteps at the RAH has been an easy feat…clearly joking; the complete opposite!

Broadly, Sally is a passionate advocate for timely information regarding fertility preservation. She is proud to have established an assistance programme, with no out-of-pockets cost for paediatric and young oncology patients, at her private fertility clinic. Dr Reid has been an invited speaker at Clinical Oncology Society of Australia and Medical Oncology Group of Australia Conferences, is a member of the Australian and New Zealand Paediatric Oncofertility Coalition (ANZPOC) and contributes data to the FUTuRE Fertility Registry. She provides local expertise, advanced reproductive treatments and surgeries and is currently contributing to NHMRC and MRFF grants in the field.

Sally strives to provide greater access to fertility preservation for all those experiencing the dual burden of both cancer and infertility, regardless of geography and socio-economic background.