Oncofertility Harbors Hope

Oncofertility Bridges Cancer and Fertility Care with Fertility Preservation

With welcome advances in the field of oncofertility, which bridges cancer and fertility care, a cancer diagnosis does not have to derail family-building dreams. When men or women face a life-altering diagnosis of cancer, concerns about future fertility might not be top of mind. But it’s important to understand the adverse impact of cancer treatment, such as radiation or chemotherapy, on fertility. Our compassionate fertility team at Laurel Fertility Care can offer options through fertility preservation of eggs, sperm or embryos to provide hope for the future. 

Fertility preservation in the face of cancer

Cancer does not discriminate by age, race or sex. In fact, according to the American Cancer Society, about 80,000 young adults (men and women) ages 20 to 39 are diagnosed with cancer yearly in the United States, many of whom want to start or grow future families. Those dreams can still be a reality thanks to advances in oncofertility, which has brought the importance of fertility preservation of cancer patients front and center. 

Certain life-saving treatments, such as chemotherapy or radiation, can harm fertility. That is especially true if cancer is found in reproductive organs, including the male prostate or testicles, or the cervix, uterus, ovaries or breast for women. 

We prioritize care for cancer patients at Laurel Fertility Care, with fast-tracked initial appointments after a cancer diagnosis. Communication is critical in your oncofertility journey, and a caring reproductive endocrinologist will work in partnership with your oncologist to ensure there is no disruption in your important treatments. 

The ideal time to contact us is before starting treatment, so we can immediately take steps for fertility preservation to give you the widest array of options. 

  • Egg freezing – Female cancer patients can have their mature eggs retrieved and safely cryopreserved unfertilized. They can later be fertilized with sperm to create embryos through IVF.
  • Sperm freezing – Male cancer patients can store sperm safely and have it readily available for IVF or intrauterine insemination (IUI).
  • Embryo freezing – With this choice for patients wanting future children with their current partner, retrieved eggs and sperm are fertilized in our lab to create embryos. These are safely stored until a couple is ready to begin building a family.  
  • Third-party reproduction – If you are a cancer survivor needing some additional help to start a family, we are here for you. We carefully screen egg and sperm donations, as well as gestational carriers, to support your path to parenthood.

Oncofertility for life after cancer 

With advances in cancer treatment, more people are fighting and winning the battle against cancer. Thanks to the field of oncofertility, men and women can bridge the gap between being a cancer patient and a potential parent. Our team at Laurel Fertility Care will prioritize you and preserve not just your fertility, but also your peace of mind. Contact us for more information. 

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