Tannaz Toloubeydokhti, M.D., FACOG, discusses oncofertility, which addresses the reproductive health of our clients who have been diagnosed with cancer. Our practice can help these clients plan for the time when their cancer treatments have been completed. Procedures such as egg freezing, sperm freezing, and embryo creation can help clients with a cancer diagnosis start a family when the time is right.
Oncofertility is addressing future reproductive health of individuals who are diagnosed with cancer. Fortunately, with advances in screening and diagnostic modalities, cancers are diagnosed earlier, and cancer survivors are living longer and healthier life. As a fertility physician, our goal is to help them to plan for their future family, prior to the start of chemotherapy, radiation, or bone marrow transplant, because these treatments can affect the gonads, sperm, and egg. There are different methods of fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment. One of them is egg freezing. The other is sperm freezing, or creating a embryo, and banking the embryo prior to the start of the treatment. We all understand the sensitivity and urgency of cancer treatment. And to help our patients to start their cancer treatment sooner than later, we adjust our treatment plan based on the timeline.