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Cancer treatment now includes fertility planning

The latest development in cancer treatment includes consideration of a woman’s future fertility plans and efforts to preserve her fertility using technology such as egg freezing and the freezing of ovarian tissue.

Until recently, standard cancer protocols included aggressive treatments without consideration of the effects of these drugs and surgeries on a woman’s fertility. However, as our understanding of the effects of treatment increases, and the technology to preserve women’s fertility continues to advance, all women including those facing cancer treatments, have more options. Two such options are ovarian tissue cryopreservation and ovarian transposition. There is recent evidence that this may be a more effective and reliable method of fertility preservation when compared with egg freezing.

Men can also freeze their sperm prior to undergoing chemotherapy or radiation, opening up the option of fathering children in the future.

If you or someone you know is facing cancer treatment, check out the available fertility preservation options before beginning cancer treatments.

Read the Canadian Fertility and Andrology Society’s information sheet on fertility preservation options for Cancer patients. This sheet includes options for men and women.

Read the article on fertility planning in cancer treatment here:

Cancer treatment now includes fertility planning [Women’s News]

See our section in fertility preservation here.

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