Cancer Patients Unaware of Fertility Options

Now that cancer treatments help many more cancer victims to become cancer survivors it is important to consider life issues when planning cancer treatments. For younger cancer patients, future fertility is an important life issue.

Yet, up to half of cancer patients of reproductive age do not receive adequate information about the impact of treatment on their fertility, decreasing their …

State Laws to Cover Fertility Preservation

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

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

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

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 …

ACOG addresses concerns of teenagers with cancer including future fertility

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 …

Age and fertility: have your babies at age 25

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

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 …