Fertility in Cancer Patients


The medical and surgical treatments involved in cancer are processes that can lead to complications when it comes to conceiving a child, which is difficult for families in many ways. In some cases, there are complications such as direct injuries to a reproductive organ (testicle, ovaries, uterus, etc.) or indirect damage through chemotherapy and/or radiotherapy.

Cancer treatments can cause hormonal imbalances or change the menstrual cycle of the patient, to the extent of causing early menopause or triggering emotional or psychological issues such as anxiety, which can cause greater complications in the long term.


Options to Preserve Fertility in Cancer Patients

  • Surgical procedures, like laparoscopic ovarian transposition and ovariopexy for fertility preservation.
  • Pharmacological protection (GnRH-analogues and oral contraceptives).
  • Cryopreservation (embryo freezing, oocytes, ovarian tissue, and sperm freezing).


The selection of treatment depends on factors such as:

  • Age.
  • Type & stage of cancer.
  • Type of cancer treatment.
  • Time available before starting cancer treatment.
  • Detection of possible ovarian metastasis in primary cancer.


Oncofertility conditions and treatments must be managed by both an oncologist and a fertility specialist. Medicine has increased cancer survival rates as technology evolves, making it possible for these patients to have a baby through a variety of treatments. Contact us today to learn more about the options available!


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