Planning for a Family After Cancer
If you’re thinking of having children or want to keep that as an option in the future, Sanford Oncofertility can help.Cancer and cancer therapies can affect fertility. Oncofertility – a combination of cancer and fertility medicine – helps you preserve fertility before cancer treatment.
Oncofertility Treatment Options
We help both men and women achieve their family planning goals. Your options include:
- Egg freezing
- Ovarian tissue freezing
- In vitro maturation
- Ovarian transposition
- Ovarian suppression
- Pre-implantation genetic diagnosis (PGD)
- Pre-implantation genetic screening (PGS)
- Sperm banking
What Treatments Affect Fertility?
Surgery and chemotherapy often have the most impact on your fertility. But there are several factors that can determine whether cancer treatments affect your fertility, including:
- Duration of treatment
- Location of radiation
Who is Eligible for Fertility Preservation?
You can start planning for a family as soon as you’re diagnosed with cancer.
It’s best to talk to your doctor about fertility preservation options. You might consider fertility preservation if:
- You are in your reproductive stage of life and are concerned with preserving your fertility after cancer treatment
- You are in your mid- to late-30s and not sure what the future holds, but would like to keep your options open for a family
Your Oncofertility Team
Oncofertility is for anyone about to receive treatment that may be destructive to ovaries or testicles, affecting fertility.
You’ll work with experienced specialists who are part of the Oncofertility Consortium, a national group exploring survivorship and fertility. A reproductive endocrinologist at Sanford explains more in a Sanford Health News podcast.
You have plenty on your mind when you’re going through cancer treatment. You shouldn’t have to worry about your future family. Choose Sanford to help you choose the most appropriate way to protect your fertility.
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