Cabell Huntington Hospital offers fertility preservation options to help those suffering from cancer receive another chance at having children in the future.
Thanks to improved treatments, many survivors of cancer and other diseases can now look forward to long-term survival. However, many of the therapies that have helped increase survival have side effects that may cause the loss of fertility.
To help these patients fulfill their dreams of having children, Cabell Huntington Hospital now offers fertility preservation options for men and women.
Fertility preservation methods are most effective when used before cancer treatments begin. Patients diagnosed with cancer should ask their oncologist how the cancer and its treatment may affect their ability to conceive a child in the future.
If there is cause for concern, the patient should be referred to William N. Burns, MD, medical director of the Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine, who will explain available options based on the patient’s gender, age, fertility history and type of cancer.
Fertility can be affected by a number of different factors, including disease, lifestyle, career or age. Whatever the cause, cryopreservation and cryostorage offer infertile patients another attempt at having children — an option that may improve their emotional outlook and future quality of life.
For more information on these and other options for fertility preservation, call the Center for Advanced Reproductive Medicine at 304.526.2652.