Cancer and Fertility Preservation Awareness

Breast Cancer and Fertility

Even with all the attention swirling around egg freezing lately, many women, particularly those undergoing cancer treatment that may impact their fertility, are not aware of their options for fertility preservation.

Texas Fertility Center in Austin is aiming to change that. They have launched an awareness campaign supporting efforts to raise consciousness about fertility preservation for cancer patients.
In one example, a young woman who had been diagnosed with breast cancer at age 27 met with fertility doctors to discuss her options for fertility preservation. The fertility doctors recommend in vitro fertilization (IVF) with embryo freezing before she underwent fertility-damaging chemotherapy. 

“Because of early diagnosis, survival rates for breast cancer patients are very good,” says Lisa Hansard, M.D., a fertility doctor with Texas Fertility Center. “This means patients can realistically plan for a family after treatment.”

 

Now 11 weeks pregnant, the 32-year old breast cancer survivor and expectant mom is busy planning for a new arrival. “I want to send a message to other women who may be going through breast cancer. There is hope for starting a family after cancer treatment. I’m proof of that.” she said.

Fertility preservation enables the eggs or embryos to be frozen with vitrification until the patient is cleared to resume fertility treatment, which could be months, or even years, after first freezing them. 

October 26, 2012
Posted by Leigh Ann Woodruff

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