Fortunately, there is hope for pregnancy depending on the type and extent of cancer. Below are several options for women facing cancer-related infertility.
Currently, embryo freezing is the most widely available and most standard practice. CCRM offers embryo freezing to patients with certain types of cancer. This procedure involves removing mature eggs during in vitro fertilization (IVF), combining them with partner or donor sperm in the laboratory, freezing, and then storing them. In standard IVF, eggs are matured through the use of hormone therapy. Because of the effects of hormones on certain types of cancer, embryo freezing is not an option for all cancer patients.
The embryo freezing process typically takes between 4-6 weeks and is available for women after puberty. Embryos may be stored until the cancer is in successful remission.
Your physician will let you know when it is safe to attempt pregnancy after cancer treatment. Once a patient has the approval of her physician, a CCRM physician will continue the IVF process by removing a limited number of frozen embryos from storage and implanting them into the patient’s uterus. Although there is no guarantee of pregnancy, CCRM consistently achieves some of the highest pregnancy success rates from IVF in the United States.
Egg freezing may be another viable option. During this process, unfertilized eggs are removed, frozen and stored for use at a later time. The procedure is similar to embryo freezing and requires the use of hormone therapy. Because of the effects of hormones on certain types of cancer, egg freezing is not an option for all cancer patients.
The egg freezing process typically takes two to six weeks and is available for women after puberty. Eggs may be stored until the cancer is in successful remission.
Embryo Transfer with Donor Eggs
In the event that a woman’s ovarian function is diminished as a result of chemotherapy or radiation, she may have the option of embryo transfer using donor eggs. During this procedure, a known or anonymous donor contributes eggs to be combined with a partner’s sperm. The fertilized embryo is then transferred into the patient’s uterus in an attempt at pregnancy.
CCRM offers the largest egg donor program in Colorado. All donors are carefully screened before being accepted into the program. Click here for more information about the CCRM egg donor program.
CCRM OFFERS FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE FOR FERTILITY PRESERVATION
CCRM is pleased to be able to support our community by offering its services at a discounted rate for recently diagnosed cancer patients seeking to preserve their fertility.
In addition, CCRM aligns itself with pharmaceutical companies and local pharmacies to provide access to fertility medications and support.