Women and men with cancer face many unknowns regarding their future health. Fortunately, modern therapeutic options have improved the survival rate for nearly all forms of cancer. This success often comes at the expense of reproductive function, which may be irreversibly damaged during therapy. Therefore, a thorough discussion of fertility preservation options is appropriate for anyone who has recently been diagnosed with cancer of any kind.
Fertility Center of the Carolinas, a part of Greenville Health System, offers comprehensive evaluation and treatment of fertility and hormonal disorders for couples throughout the region. With our combination of research, technology and fertility expertise, we are honored to assist and educate cancer patients regarding reproductive options.
Couples learn what their future fertility potential after cancer diagnosis will be based on age, diagnosis, and planned course of cancer treatment. The impact of future pregnancy on cancer recurrence is also discussed.
The possibility of pre-treatment to lessen the effects of chemotherapy or radiation therapy will be explored, along with implications for future family building.
The process of screening and collecting sperm or eggs for freezing and storage will be discussed, along with future chances of success.
Long-considered the gold standard for preserving fertility, couples will gain a thorough understanding of the risks and benefits of embryo freezing and storage.
For those who may be carriers of genetic mutations known to impart cancer risk, embryo testing may be used to lower that risk for future generations.
For those who are unable to produce normal eggs or sperm after cancer treatment, the potential use of donor gametes will be discussed. Fertility Center of the Carolinas maintains its own donor egg program in cooperation with Carolina Medical Center.
All treatment decisions are made with close communication and coordination with your oncologist. Our goal is to help you make an informed decision regarding your reproductive future. For more information call Fertility Center of the Carolinas at (864) 455-1600.