Thanks to advances in cancer treatment, more men and women are surviving cancer and going on to live happy, normal lives. The greatest hope of many cancer warriors is to have a child after recovery. To give cancer patients a fighting chance at a future family, our team of LA oncofertility specialists embraces the latest oncofertility research.
Cancer treatment – including surgery, radiation and chemotherapy – can have a lifelong negative impact on fertility in men and women. Sperm freezing is a simple and affordable option that allows men to later have a baby through intrauterine insemination or IVF. In women, however, cancer treatment can damage or destroy a lifetime supply of eggs, induce early menopause or cause other medical issues that can make it difficult to achieve or maintain pregnancy.
Just a few years ago, the best hope that female cancer patients had for fertility preservation was undergoing IVF and freezing embryos before starting cancer treatment. However, for younger women and those without a partner, embryo freezing was not always a good option. Today, thanks to advances in oncofertility research, our LA oncofertility specialists offer more choices.
We recommend egg freezing for women of any age who are newly diagnosed with cancer and want to protect their family-building options. This procedure, which is recommend before cancer treatment begins, involves taking ovarian stimulation medications to prompt the ovaries to produce multiple eggs at once. Then, those eggs can be retrieved in a quick outpatient procedure and cryopreserved for future fertilization, when the woman is ready to try for a pregnancy.
Researchers are working hard to provide even more options for women facing cancer, with several promising approaches currently in development.
While none of these options are currently available technologies, our LA oncofertility specialists are following ongoing research in these and other areas so that we can offer the best fertility preservation therapies to our highest-priority patients – cancer fighters.
To learn more about the latest oncofertility research and explore your fertility preservation options, contact us to schedule a consultation with an LA oncofertility specialist.