We want to help improve communication between breast and fertility clinics, ensuring all young women have the opportunity to discuss their fertility preservation options before treatment.
We’ve developed the following resources to help you initiate a discussion and make a referral to a fertility clinic.
You can download these PDFs to your computer, or print them out. The referral form can also be filled out on your computer, so you can save it and email a copy to the fertility specialist. We recommend making a copy for each patient.
We recommend using these resources alongside our booklet Fertility and breast cancer treatment.
Fertility problems: assessment and treatment 1.16 People with cancer who wish to preserve fertility
National Institute for Clinical Excellence 2013
Fertility preservation for medical reasons in girls and women: British fertility society policy and practice guideline
British Fertility Society 2018
Early and locally advanced breast cancer: diagnosis and management 2018
National Institute for Clinical Excellence 2018
Treatment of primary breast cancer - SIGN 134
Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network 2013
ESO-ESMO 3rd international consensus guidelines for breast cancer in young women (BCY3)
European School of Oncology and the European Society of Medical Oncologists 2017
Familial breast cancer: classification, care and managing breast cancer and related risks in people with a family history of breast cancer
National Institute for Clinical Excellence 2013
Familial breast cancer report
Healthcare Improvement Scotland 2014
A beginner’s guide to BRCA1 and BRCA2
The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust 2013
Menopause: diagnosis and management
National Institute for Clinical Excellence 2015
Patient information booklets for younger women
Breast cancer in younger women
Looks at the different issues, experiences and feelings younger women with breast cancer may face.
Care and support for younger women with breast cancer
Information about our free services for younger women with breast cancer.
Breast cancer during and after pregnancy
Addresses questions that may come up for women diagnosed with breast cancer during pregnancy or breastfeeding.
Family history, genes and breast cancer
Find out how family history of breast cancer is assessed and managed, and information on genetic testing.
Fertility and breast cancer treatment
Describes how treatment for primary breast cancer may affect a woman’s fertility, and possible ways of preserving fertility.
Explains what goserelin is, when it may be prescribed, how it works and what side effects may occur.
Ovarian suppression and breast cancer
Covers ovarian suppression, how it's achieved and when it's likely to be used.
Picturebook aimed at children to help explain breast cancer and its treatments.
Talking with your children about breast cancer
Includes topics such as how and when to tell children, the kind of language that might be appropriate, and how to deal with emotional issues that may arise.
Useful organisations for younger women and their families
Younger Breast Cancer Network (YBCN)
User-led Facebook group for women diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age (under the national screening age of 47). Established in 2012 the group has more than 3,000 members, and there's a separate private sub-group for younger women with secondary breast cancer.
Breast Cancer Haven
Offers a range of support services and therapeutic interventions for women going through breast cancer treatment.
Casting for Recovery
Provides an opportunity for women diagnosed with breast cancer to attend retreats to learn fly fishing.
Fruit Fly Collective
Produces toolkits to support parents to talk about cancer with their children.
Honey Rose Foundation
Grants special wishes to people over 40 with a terminal or life-threatening illness.
Look Good Feel Better
Runs free skincare and make-up workshops for women undergoing cancer treatment.
Holistic support for anyone affected by cancer, offered in 21 centres across the UK.
Support for women and their families affected by cancer during pregnancy or shortly after a birth.
Runs 5-day courses that help participants overcome the emotional impact of cancer and increase their confidence, using the outdoors and the arts as tools.
The Osborne Trust
Provides practical and emotional support for children and young people aged 16 or younger during a parent’s cancer treatment.
Shine Cancer Support
Peer support opportunities for people diagnosed with cancer in their 20s, 30s or 40s.
Something To Look Forward To
Enables people with a cancer diagnosis to access free gifts, donated by companies and individuals.
Social and practical support to adults facing cancer in their 20s and 30s.
Organises Special Days for seriously ill young adults aged 16 to 40.
Events for younger women with breast cancer
Breast Cancer Care runs Younger Women Together events throughout the country. Find out more on the In your area section of our website.
Support our resources for younger women
The Lavender Trust at Breast Cancer Care is the only fund in the UK dedicated to addressing the needs and concerns of younger women with breast cancer, raising money specifically to fund information and support for this group.