Offering hope for fertility and family building after cancer and other serious medical conditions
For women facing cancer, some chemotherapies, surgical procedures and radiation treatments offer hope for a cure but come with a cost: the possibility of cancer-related infertility and primary ovarian insufficiency (POI) within a short period of time from the treatments. These aggressive, potentially life-saving therapies can damage a woman’s reproductive system, including the ovaries (which contain oocytes or “eggs”), and uterus, making it difficult or even impossible for her to have a child after cancer treatment.
Today, there are options available to preserve fertility before cancer treatment, enabling women to get the treatment needed for survival while providing them the opportunity to have children after cancer.
Baylor Medicine, Texas Children’s Hospital, and M. D. Anderson Cancer Center have joined forces to help women with cancer understand their risk of infertility and options for fertility preservation so they can make informed decisions about future family building. The advent of Texas HB1649 legislation in September 2023 that mandates insurance coverage for fertility preservation in cancer patients makes the dream to build a family after cancer a reality. Our practice works with all oncology groups within the Texas Medical Center and beyond.
Our fertility specialists at Baylor Medicine at Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women offer the latest, cutting-edge fertility preservation treatments available based on a woman’s unique situation. They collaborate with the patient’s oncologist to determine the best approach for fertility preservation, oocyte, embryo, and ovarian tissue cryopreservation, and ensure that it is completed quickly and safely so her cancer treatment is not delayed.
For more information or to schedule an appointment, call the Family Fertility Center at 832-826-7272.
Treatment Options Available
Multiple treatment strategies are currently available to help individuals preserve their fertility before undergoing chemotherapy or radiation. The suitability of each treatment option depends on each individual patient.