Facing Cancer

Today young adult and pediatric survivors of cancer and other diseases are looking forward to a future of long-term survival due to improved treatments.

However, many of the therapies that have so effectively helped increase survival have side effects that may cause the loss of fertility.

  • • For women, certain therapies can cause ovarian damage or failure, early menopause, genetic damage to growing eggs and other reproductive problems.
  • For men, treatments can cause damage to the testes and interfere with sperm production.

New reproductive technologies are providing possibilities for preserving fertility in survivors of cancer and other diseases, yet many patients are unaware of these options.

In most cases, decisions on fertility preservation need to be made before treatment begins. Reproductive specialists at UF Health can help patients explore the issues surrounding fertility preservation. Your treatment team can help you understand the options available, assess risks and eligibility, and provide referrals to individuals who are experts in this field.

Available Fertility Preservation Options

Each patient is unique. The impact of a given treatment on fertility can vary and so can the time available before starting life-saving cancer treatments. Fertility preservation treatments must be tailored to the individual circumstances and integrated with the treatment regimen. Close coordination between the treating physician and the reproductive endocrinologist is the key to preserving family-building options for patients.