Fertility Options for Women with Cancer
Women who are diagnosed with cancer may fear losing their ability to one day have children. Radiation and chemotherapy can cause damage to the reproductive organs in addition to destroying cancer cells.
After cancer treatments, some women will become infertile or even go through menopause. The American Society for Clinical Oncology recommends that patients with a desire for future fertility be referred to a reproductive specialist as early as possible, ideally prior to beginning treatment.
Teenagers and women of childbearing age should speak with their oncologist about the fertility risks of their particular treatment regimen and determine whether they are an appropriate candidate for fertility preservation. Once you decide to move forward with treatment, it generally takes 4 to 5 weeks to complete stimulation of the ovaries for the egg retrieval.
Our caring and professional staff is committed to supporting and helping cancer patients determine if freezing eggs before starting cancer treatments is the right approach, especially as they consider their options during this challenging and overwhelming time. Please contact our nursing staff at 515-222-3060, option 1 (when prompted), to learn more.
Male patients diagnosed with cancer may opt to freeze their sperm for future use. Mid-Iowa Fertility provides sperm freezing options. For more information, contact Kepler Johnson at 515-222-3060.