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Fertility

The term “fertility” is used to describe the ability to conceive a child naturally. Some cancer treatments affect fertility in males and females. The risk of infertility from cancer treatment is based on several factors, including the patient’s age and the type and dosage of treatment received. It is important to talk with members of your oncology team before treatment begins about the effects of your treatment.  Chemotherapy and radiation can cause side effects as well a ...

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Fertility

People in the YA age group can be in many different stages of life. You may have children; you may want children in the future; you may not want children now, but may change your mind; or you may not have given it much thought at all. Cancer treatment can affect fertility in both women and men making it difficult to conceive a child in the future. A cancer diagnosis may require you to think seriously about children. Not all cancer treatments affect fertility. Your risk depends on several ...

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Fertility and Pregnancy

Fertility, Pregnancy and TKIs  Patients who are of childbearing age (or parents of children with cancer) should ask their healthcare team to explain how treatment may affect the ability to have children. Patients with CML who will be taking TKIs should discuss fertility preservation with their doctor before starting TKI therapy. Growing numbers of CML patients of childbearing age are living with stable remissions and are considering having children while taking TKIs. Males. In so ...

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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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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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