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Are there options for preserving fertility in women who have been newly diagnosed with cancer?

 

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Yes! New technology lets your doctor remove and freeze some cells, tissues, or fertilized eggs (embryos) before treating your cancer. This way you may be able to have children after your treatment. This process is called cryopreservation or freezing. The kind of cancer that you have determines what your options are. The most common cancers in girls and young women are Hodgkin’s or non-Hodgkin’s lymphomas, leukemia, thyroid cancer, breast cancer, melanoma, or gynecologic cancers (cervix, uterus, or ovary). Most of these cancers can be successfully treated with chemotherapy, radiation, or a combination of both. There are several things that determine infertility after treatment. These include how old you are, the dose and the location of the radiation and what kind of chemotherapy drug they give you. Chemotherapy is effective at treating many cancers, but these drugs are likely to cause infertility. Infertility from using these chemotherapy drugs usually happens because a woman produces fewer or no eggs.

You can find more information from the American Society for Reproductive Medicine on this topic here:

http://www.reproductivefacts.org/uploadedFiles/ASRM_Content/Resources/Patient_Resources/Fact_Sheets_and_Info_Booklets/Female_Cancers_Cryopreservation_and_Fertility_7-25-11.pdf

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