Tag Archives: chemotherapy

State Laws to Cover Fertility Preservation

Written on August 16, 2017 at 11:41 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

There has been some recent activity in state legislatures in providing coverage for procedures such as egg freezing for fertility preservation for women who are planning to undergo gonadotoxic medical treatments.

Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy signed into law in June, legislation (HB 7124) to require insurance coverage of fertility preservation for insured individuals diagnosed with cancer, or whenever this treatment …

Fertility Issues for Cancer Patients

Written on June 6, 2017 at 1:22 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

It was not that long ago that this was a subject that was not even discussed because most cancer patients going into chemotherapy or radiation were focused on survival, not quality of life. Today, fortunately, cancer treatments have improved so much that people are concerned about quality of life; i.e. living with cancer rather than just living from cancer.

In …

Options for Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients

Written on January 15, 2016 at 9:28 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Some new fertility preservation option are on the horizon, but today the most realistic option for most women is egg or embryo freezing. An article in MedPage Today outlines some interesting options for very young women and girls needing to preserve their fertility because of cancer chemotherapy.

In June, researchers reported the first live birth from a young girl whose …

Consider future fertility before cancer chemotherapy or radiation

Written on July 31, 2015 at 10:16 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Cancer and cancer treatments can threaten patients’ ability to have children. Many factors affect that risk, including the patient’s age, type of cancer, chemo type and dosage, surgery to the reproductive system and radiation therapy, depending on dose and location.

Some patients may need to start chemo or radiation right away. Others can afford to wait a few weeks, long …

New option for fertility preservation in children reported

Written on June 11, 2015 at 1:11 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Egg or embryo freezing is the most common option for menstruating women trying to preserve their fertility before chemotherapy or radiation for cancer. But what about children before they start menstruating?

An article in the Washington Post reports on a new option from a study in Human Reproduction. Doctors in Belgium tried to restore the fertility of a woman using …

ACOG addresses concerns of teenagers with cancer including future fertility

Written on September 1, 2014 at 8:25 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

The teenage years can be tough enough under the best of circumstances. But when cancer invades an adolescent’s life, the challenges grow exponentially.

When the prospects for treatment are uncertain, there’s the fear of dying at so young an age. Even with an excellent chance of being cured, teenagers with cancer face myriad emotional, educational and social concerns, especially missing …

Study shows drug given during chemotherapy may protect fertility

Written on June 2, 2014 at 8:51 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

As reported in an article in USA Today, for some young women, one of the most crushing side effects of breast cancer treatment is early menopause, which ends their chances of becoming pregnant.

A new study shows that these women have a better chance of preserving their future fertility if they temporarily turn off their ovaries during chemotherapy. The …

Age and fertility: have your babies at age 25

Written on November 18, 2013 at 9:56 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

What?

That’s what the majority of Americans think according to an article reported in the Huffington Post.

Gallup polled 5,100 people on the ideal childbearing age, a whopping 58 percent of whom said that women should start having children at age 25 or younger. The “ideal” age for men to start reproducing was 27.

According to Gallup, views on the …

More on fertility preservation for cancer patients

Written on September 3, 2013 at 9:08 am, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

There is growing interest in preserving fertility in young cancer patients as evidenced by a growing number of articles in the press.

Two very recent articles highlight fertility preservation in adolescents and the use of ovarian freezing as an option along with egg freezing.

In the September 3, 2013 Wall Street Journal a story highlights fertility preservation in children …

Here’s a new word to put in your spellcheck: Oncofertility

Written on August 27, 2013 at 2:41 pm, by Dr. Arthur Wisot FACOG

Oncofertility refers to preserving a young woman’s fertility when she needs to go through potentially egg-damaging chemotherapy for cancer.

Neelima Denduluri, a breast medical oncologist at Virginia Hospital Center, “chemo is a real risk to fertility.” Certain regimens, she says, “are more likely to cause infertility and decreasing of sperm count,” with up to 80 percent of patients affected, with …