It's Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and as awareness is raised of early detection and treatment, another aspect of cancer treatment is in the forefront for the fertility community: fertility preservation.
After a cancer diagnosis, treating the disease often poses a threat to a man or woman's fertility. As treatments for cancer have advanced, so have methods to preserve fertility, and now women can freeze their eggs, men can freeze their sperm, and couples can freeze their embryos prior to undergoing potentially lifesaving treatments
A blog by Kara Nguyen, MD, MPH, RMA of Central Pennsylvania at Pinnacle Health, member of Fertile Hope & The Alliance for Fertility Preservation, January 6, 2016
Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 US women and about 20% of cases are in women less than age 50, according to the American Cancer Society. Better screening programs and early detection has helped improve the prognosis. Intensive research, better surgical treatment, and effective chemotherapy have allowed these patients to have better quality of life as well as life expectancy. Unfortunately the treatment can also greatly limit the patient’s reproductive ability due to toxic effects to the ovaries. The best state-of-the-art fertility centers follow these 5 practices to preserve a woman’s future fertility.
Patients newly diagnosed with cancer may be exploring options for preserving their fertility. Dr. Stephen Lincoln of Genetics & IVF Institute, explains egg freezing and sperm freezing for fertility preservation in cancer patients.
Young female cancer survivors are concerned about their future fertility and want better information and guidance about fertility preservation options, according to a new study published online the Journal of Cancer Survivorship.
Historically, women with breast cancer were thought to lose much of their sexuality, including their roles as lovers, and their ability to get pregnant and become a lactating mother. Breast cancer treatment was aimed at aggressive resection of the cancer, with surgery that traditionally included a total mastectomy (if not bilateral) and sometimes included disfiguring lymph node dissection.