Ovarian cortex cryopreservation involves freezing ovarian tissue before cancer treatment so women may be able to have children later. Fertility preservation is a common concern for young women diagnosed with cancer, particularly women diagnosed with cancer affecting their reproductive system. In some cases, surgery to remove the cancer may require removal of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, cervix or uterus. Even without surgery, treatments such as chemotherapy and radiation therapy may damage these organs.
Ovarian cortex cryopreservation may offer women the chance to have children after treatment if other assisted reproductive technologies (ART) are not ideal for their situation.
Cancer Treatment Centers of America® (CTCA) works with a network of fertility centers that have experience with cancer patients.