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Surviving ALL: An Intimate Look at How Cancer Affected the Careers, Relationships & Fertility of Four Young Adults

A cancer diagnosis is a devastating blow for people of all ages, but presents special challenges for young adults. This period of life is usually a time of transition as they are embarking on journeys such as school, relationships and careers. A cancer diagnosis can bring their lives to a screeching halt in the midst of these new adventures. According to Abby-Gail Solomons, MSW, AAS Courtelis Center for Psychosocial Oncology UM Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center, “Young adults' ...

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Options for Males

Males can take certain steps and precautions to preserve fertility before, during and after treatment.    Options to Preserve Fertility before Treatment Sperm banking (cryopreservation) - This involves the collection of semen through masturbation. If there are sperm in the semen, it is frozen and stored for possible future use. This is the fertility preservation option with the highest likelihood of success for men. Electroejaculation - For males who are unable to ej ...

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Options for Females

Females can take certain steps and precautions to preserve fertility before, during and after treatment. 
Options to Preserve Fertility Before Treatment Embryo freezing - This involves about 10 days of hormone injections to stimulate the ovaries followed by retrieval of mature eggs performed under anesthesia. The eggs are fertilized in the laboratory with sperm from a partner or donor to create embryos (IVF or in vitro fertilization). The embryos are then frozen a ...

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Talking With Members of Your Oncology Team

Talk with your oncology team members about the effects treatment may have on you or your child's fertility. If possible, gather this information before treatment begins. The American Society of Clinical Oncology recommends that patients interested in fertility preservation consider their options as soon as possible to maximize the likelihood of success. Your oncology team members may not be able to answer all your questions, but they can refer you to fertility specialists who can help you u ...

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