Gwendolyn Quinn Discusses Cancer's Potential Impacts on Fertility

Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, from Moffitt Cancer Center and professor of oncologic sciences at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, discusses factors that can potentially impact fertility for patients with cancer.

Gwendolyn Quinn, PhD, from Moffitt Cancer Center and professor of oncologic sciences at the University of South Florida College of Medicine, discusses factors that can potentially impact fertility for patients with cancer.

While at least 12% of the population is infertile to begin with, Quinn points out that people with cancer have an increased risk of fertility problems as a result of their cancer, surgery and treatment — primarily chemotherapy and radiation.

Another issue that young women with cancer could face is premature menopause, with which they will have to be monitored for problems that women age 50 and older are prone to, including cardiac, bone and other issues.