Treatment Options

Oncofertility (Cancer and Fertility)

While the diagnosis of cancer is devastating enough, the patient may also need to consider preserving his or her future fertility by freezing their sperm, eggs, or embryos prior to cancer treatment, as cancer treatments may often damage the reproductive organs, which may lead to infertility after the treatments.

Oncofertility specializes in joining oncology and fertility.  Its purpose is to traverse the nature of both fields and find remedial ways of increasing the reproductive conceivability for both male and female cancer patients.  Women attempting to conceive may find that cancer treatments hinder their ability to produce viable oocytes (eggs), may cause pre-menopause, damage the ovaries and/or affect their overall reproductive system.  In some cases, female patients may choose to freeze their eggs prior to their cancer treatment.  This process will allow for the availability of uncompromised eggs that may be fertilized to create embryos when they are ready to move forward with infertility treatments.

In men being treated for cancer, there may be damage to the testes which may lead to difficulty producing sperm and testosterone, both of which would affect their ability to fertilize the female egg.

Because the protocol for cancer treatment may involve radiation, chemotherapy, and/or surgery, safeguarding against permanent damage to the reproductive system is a high priority for our oncofertility specialists.  We work to mitigate and minimize the treatment effects by working closely with our patients to identify diagnostic variables that may lead to long term damage of their reproductive systems.  Our experts provide consultations on the options that are available prior to cancer treatment or in parallel with the cancer treatment plan to help every patient through this difficult process.

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