Fertility Preservation

Fertility Preservation

Reproductive capacity is an age dependent process and is influenced by different conditions, some genetic and many not. The idea of fertility preservation may, in fact, be a misnomer and incorrect label; because it is reproductive capacity that is hoped to be preserved. The cryopreservation of gametes does not ensure the ability to become pregnant […]

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Are Cancer Patients Informed About The Impact Of Treatment On Their Fertility?

cancer patients and fertility

If you have been diagnosed with cancer or certain other diseases, your fertility may be at risk. We are often asked, “Are cancer patients informed about the impact of treatment on their fertility?” Chemotherapy and radiation can destroy follicles in the ovary, speeding the natural decline of ovarian reserve and causing either temporary or even […]

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Risk of Cancer Treatment to Future Fertility

egg freezing for cancer patients

Thinking about future fertility is a low priority for most when diagnosed with cancer. But thanks to modern therapy cancer is often a chronic disease and in many cases can be cured or sufficiently ameliorated to allow years of quality living. Potentially safeguarding future fertility before undergoing cancer treatments including chemotherapy, radiation or surgery should […]

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Why Egg Freeze?

Intercourse At The Time of Embryo Implantation

Women are born with a finite number of eggs which continuously decline from birth. As women age the quality of these eggs also declines leading to fewer successful pregnancies and more chromosomally abnormal pregnancies and miscarriages. The concept of  ‘fertility preservation’ arose from trying to halt the ‘biologic clock’ by freezing eggs until such time […]

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World Cancer Day: February 4th

World Cancer Day - February 4th

Every year across the world February 4th is dedicated to raising awareness and education about cancer. If you have been diagnosed with cancer, your fertility may be at risk. We can help reduce the stress of planning for your future, when you are faced with the here and now of cancer. Our Oncofertility Program provides […]

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Fertility Preservation for Patients with Cancer

egg freezing for cancer patients

Due to recent medical advances, a cancer diagnosis–although devastating–no longer means the loss of life or even ultimate fertility. Fertility preservation options should be considered when planning cancer treatment because chemotherapy and radiation, the standards of care in cancer treatment, can result in gonadotoxicity rendering both men and women permanently sterile. The new field of […]

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BRCA Preimplantation Genetic Screening of Embryos at Increased Risk for Cancer

BRCA1 (BReast CAncer) and BRCA2 are human genes known as tumor suppressors. Harmful mutations of these genes can be linked to an increased risk of breast and ovarian cancer.  In the U.S., between one in 400 – 800 people in the general population carry a BRCA mutation.  Individuals with Ashkenazi Jewish background have an increased […]

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Fertility After Cancer

For many, having a child is very much a part of the quality of life. Not all young cancer survivors are aware of the potential option for fertility preservation and many oncologists are similarly unaware. According to a national survey of physician practice patterns, less than half of cancer patients of childbearing age felt they […]

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