Cancer and Infertility

By J. Richard Smith

Cancer sadly afflicts many women of reproductive age and infertility affects 10% of couples. Without doubt, cancer and infertility have a devastating effect on women’s lives and their families. The vast majority of people will go to enormous lengths to seek remission from long-term cancer, but a woman who has cancer and no children will often be prepared to risk her life to have a baby.

This book is about hope. Hope of a cure. Hope of having a baby. Hope of good strategies to live well. The majority of women with gynaecological cancer are cured and the remainder live for many years with their disease. There are an increasing number of clinical and support options open to women facing a life-changing diagnosis.

Dr Richard Smith, a world-leading expert and pioneer in the management of gynaecological cancer and infertility provides practical guidance and reassurance on the best choices available to women. This book will be essential reading not only for those facing a life changing diagnosis, but for their partners and families who inevitably share the burden.



About J. Richard Smith

The author of this book is James Richard Smith, but he is called Richard by those who know and like him. This follows a long family tradition of the men all having James as a first name and then being called by their middle name, this being derived from their mother’s maiden name. He was born in Falkirk in Scotland, educated at Dollar Academy and thereafter Glasgow University, where he qualified with a medical degree in 1982. After this he undertook a thesis on the interaction of viruses and cervical cancer, graduating with an MD from Glasgow University. He has been a Fellow of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists and for the last thirty years, living and working in London with the exception of a brief sabbatical in New York. He currently works as a Consultant Gynaecological Surgeon at Imperial College, London, based at Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s and Charing Cross Hospitals. He also held a Visiting and subsequently Adjunct Associate Professorship at New York University School of Medicine from 1995 -2020. In addition, he is a Professor of Practice at Imperial College, and Honorary Consultant in Transplantation Surgery at the University of Oxford.


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