Infertility Treatment in MD, VA & DC at Shady Grove Fertility

Cancer and Fertility

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Cancer and Fertility

A diagnosis of cancer brings many important decisions into your life. While chemotherapy, radiation and surgery can effectively treat cancer, these treatments may also affect your fertility. 

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But these treatments don’t have to end your hopes of having a family. Today, in some but not all cases, men and women with cancer may have the option to preserve their fertility by freezing their eggs, sperm or embryos before undergoing cancer treatment.

Egg, Embryo and Sperm Freezing

Oocyte/egg/sperm cryopreservation provides those facing chemotherapy or radiation for treatment the possible opportunity to preserve their fertility. The advancements in cancer treatments are ensuring that many of these cancer survivors are living long lives. Thus, the possible opportunity to preserve their ability to have children later in life is of increasing importance.

The physicians and staff at Shady Grove Fertility are sensitive to how overwhelming it can be to think about treating a potentially life-threatening disease and, on top of that, consider additional treatment to preserve future fertility. Our Center has created a special cancer care team to immediately respond to your inquiries, help you understand your options, collaborate with your oncologist, and expedite fertility preservation treatment, if appropriate.

How Cancer Treatments Can Affect Female Fertility

  • For women undergoing radiation treatment to the lower abdomen, there is a risk that the radiation could damage or destroy their ovaries, depending on the size and location of the tumor and the radiation dosage prescribed. When ovarian function is damaged or destroyed, women stop producing female hormones, go into menopause and lose their ability to bear children.
  • Depending on the woman’s age, the type of chemotherapy prescribed and the dosage, chemotherapy can damage or destroy ovaries while destroying the cancer.
  • With cancers that affect the female reproductive organs, the best treatment option may be surgery to remove those organs.

Male Fertility Preservation

Sperm preservation is available through Fairfax Cryobank. Please contact Markos Meleku at 703-968-3969 for more information.

 

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