Fertility Preservation Program
More than ever, cancer patients are surviving their disease and can look forward to the future. The ability to have children and build a family is known to be important to cancer survivors. Many therapies that improve survival for cancer patients have side effects including loss of fertility and early menopause. Because of advances in reproductive technology, we now provide good options for preserving fertility in patients facing fertility-threatening therapies.
- To provide an expedient and comprehensive explanation of fertility preservation options to patients facing fertility-threatening treatments.
Each patient faces a unique set of circumstances as she considers fertility preservation, including varied risks to her fertility depending on the type of cancer treatment, available time for fertility preservation before starting treatment, and additional factors such as personal wishes. Our experienced oncofertility team can help patients access and navigate through available fertility preservation options based on their individual circumstances. We understand the urgency of fertility preservation decisions and are committed to see patients with minimal or no waiting period.
- To take outstanding care of patients through their fertility preservation treatments.
Patients facing fertility-threatening therapies often have other medical issues to consider as they undergo fertility preservation. As a fertility center partnered with an NCI-designated comprehensive cancer center and the national Oncofertility Consortium, we have the expertise to work across medical disciplines to undertake fertility preservation procedures safely for our patients.
- To serve as a resource in the San Diego community for patients and healthcare providers seeking up-to-date oncofertility information.
Partnered with UCSD, our oncofertility team is comprised of experts in reproductive endocrinology, gynecology, oncology, genetics and psychology. We believe that close coordination between treating physicians and the reproductive specialist is central to family building options for patients.
Our comprehensive fertility preservation program offers fertility preservation consultations, embryo banking, egg banking, ovarian tissue banking, referral for sperm banking, ovarian shielding and fertility sparing surgeries such as ovarian transposition. We are partnered with the Fertile Hope Program. Below, we provide an introduction to fertility preservation services for women.
Please contact us for any additional information or to schedule a consultation.
If you are a patient who needs to be seen urgently, please let our new patient navigators know. We are committed to make every effort to see you with minimal or no wait.
If you are a healthcare provider and have a patient who is interested in fertility preservation, please call our new patient navigator and provide pertinent information including treatment restrictions and timeline to chemotherapy or radiation.
Please select one of the following links to learn more about personalized treatment options that are best for you.
What are the Options Before Cancer Therapy?
What are the Options After Cancer Therapy?
After cancer therapy, survivors who desire to have children may wish to have a consultation with a reproductive endocrinologist. It does not appear that pregnancy after cancer increases the risk of cancer recurrence. Also, children who are born to cancer survivors do not appear to be at a higher risk of birth defects. While researchers are actively working on getting more data, the information available to date is reassuring. For some patients, it may be appropriate to measure ovarian reserve, which indicates the quality and quantity of eggs remaining in the ovaries.
Last updated: November 19, 2010
Author: Dr. Irene Su