Although cancer can damage the ovaries, leading to infertility and early menopause, young women with cancer have several options for fertility preservation. Gynecologic oncologist Mariam AlHilli, MD, discusses a case in which three different fertility preservation procedures were conducted to give a young woman her best chance at future fertility.
With advances in pediatric cancer treatment routinely enabling long-term survival, counseling young patients and their families before treatment about infertility risk and preservation strategies is essential.
Women with cancer have options for fertility preservation – from the gold standard of egg and embryo freezing to ovarian tissue vitrification and ovary-protecting hormone injections – yet most don’t pursue.
When is a patient a candidate for pregnancy with potential for a good outcome? When is pregnancy out of the question? How to answer these questions and more for women after cancer treatment.
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Ovarian tissue freezing and transplantation are still experimental. Researchers at Cleveland Clinic are investigating which freezing techniques will yield the best outcomes for patients.
Women facing cancer treatment have had limited options to protect and preserve fertility, and until recently no options were available to prepubescent girls. But ovarian tissue freezing using vitrification has potential to change that.
What is the ideal treatment to preserve ovarian function in women undergoing chemotherapy? Tommaso Falcone, MD, explains why gonadotropin-releasing hormone agonists may be the best-case scenario.
In this video, Cleveland Clinic surgeons perform laparoscopic ovarian transposition to help preserve fertility in a woman requiring pelvic radiation cancer treatment.
While an empowering option to preserve fertility for young men facing cancer, sperm banking is not readily available in some cities andin most rural areas. Cleveland Clinic’s NextGen® Home Sperm Banking service provides accessibility and convenience.