Cancer treatments may interfere with a patient’s ability to have children. The OncoPrezSM Program at Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) is designed to identify and preserve your fertility as early in the treatment process as possible.
If you are eligible for this service, your oncology team will work with fertility specialists at a full-service fertility center located near the hospital. Our Transportation Department can take you to and from your appointments.
Why may you be interested in oncofertility options?
If you still want to have children, it's important to know that certain cancer treatments, including chemotherapy, radiation therapy and surgery, can interfere with your fertility and prevent or complicate pregnancy. If you decide you want to preserve your fertility, we'll explain potential oncofertility options before you begin treatment. Read tips for addressing fertility concerns during cancer care.
What oncofertility options are available?
The fertility centers we work with offer many options, including egg retrieval and sperm collection, on-site storage of egg, sperm and embryos, as well as in vitro fertilization.
Egg and embryo freezing are done through a process called “vitrification,” which is the most advanced technology to date, improving cell survival. This process is used to minimize any potential injury to the harvested cells that may occur during the freezing or thawing process.
The program at Eastern
Your oncology team at Eastern can work with a team of fertility specialists at Main Line Fertility (MLFC) in Philadelphia, a fertility center and donor-storage bank located 30 minutes from the hospital.
What are the costs for oncofertility options?
MLFC is a member of the Oncofertility Consortium, whose goal is to expand the possibilities of fertility for cancer patients through continued research. Because of this affiliation, MLFC is often able to offer necessary fertility medications for woman at little cost. They also have discounted egg retrieval and storage fees for oncology patients.
If you are a candidate for an oncofertility option, your medical oncologist will put you in contact with a specialist at MLFC to determine the best care option and accompanying costs.