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.
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.
Experts in reproductive endocrinology, urology and oncology announced the formation of the Alliance for Fertility Preservation at the recent International Society for Fertility Preservation's 2nd World Congress. The coalition is designed to help newly diagnosed cancer patients in the United States access information about their options for fertility preservation.
Research presented at the 68th Annual Meeting of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) reminds us that fertility preservation via egg freezing, while crucial to the cancer patient’s reproductive future, is still infrequently recommended by oncologists.
Ovary tissue freezing shows great results in reinstating fertility in women whose cancer or cancer treatments have left them infertile, according to Dr. Sherman Silber, The Infertility Center of St. Louis, St. Luke's hospital.
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 Arthur Castelbaum, MD, March 24, 2015</strong>
Fertility preservation is not a complicated process. I routinely will see fertility preservation patients within 24 hours. Through the generosity of one of the leading pharmaceutical companies, our team can obtain thousands of dollars of medications that stimulate the ovaries for free. Most women start these small easy-to-take injections within three days of their initial visit, and eggs are harvested within two weeks of treatment. It does not matter what point in your menstrual cycle the fertility preservation medications begin. Happily, fertility preservation treatment does not lower breast cancer survival rates.
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.