Fertility and Breast Cancer
THE GREAT AND EVEN GREATER NEWS ABOUT BREAST CANCER
As Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here, we have great news to share. Patients are surviving breast cancer with the five-year survival rate approaching 90-95%. While patients with breast cancer may or may not opt to have children, they now have more choices for family building. It is well known that female fertility may be impaired after radiotherapy, chemotherapy or surgery when treating and curing their cancer. However, there are procedures that can be done before treatment to help ensure future fertility.
Fertility Preservation through Egg Freezing
Often, treatment can be delayed to allow removal of eggs (oocytes) for future family building. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) includes ovarian stimulation and retrieval of oocytes. Oocytes (an option for single patients who would prefer not to use donor sperm) are frozen or inseminated with sperm to make embryos. For fertility preservation, embryos and oocytes are frozen for future transfer into cancer patients after treatment or into a gestational carrier. When our cancer patients are healthy and are ready to conceive, the pregnancy rates are excellent after embryo transfer.
Pregnancy After Breast Cancer
The even greater news:
- Pregnancy outcomes in cancer survivors to date have found no increase in congenital malformations or cancers in future offspring
- Often cancer treatment can be delayed to allow retrieval of oocytes for future family building
- Pregnancy after cancer treatment does not increase recurrence of disease
- Our patients who are preserving fertility deserve and receive the upmost respect and timely treatment during their time in our office. We have a dedicated team to make the journey seamless
- Our fertility specialists coordinate treatment with your oncology team
- As many cancers have excellent cure rates, the dream of having a family is still very possible. Let us help you make it happen.