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Thursday, May 21, 2015

Preserve fertility prior to chemotherapy!

Some cancers happen most often in people of reproductive age. Having cancer at any age is terrible but at young ages it is particularly awful. Not only do young cancer patients worry about surviving, they must also worry about long term problems from cancer treatments. One common problem is infertility post cancer therapy. Most medical oncologists are well aware of post-cancer treatment infertility yet often do not refer patients for fertility preservation treatments such as sperm banking. Some reasons for the disconnect between knowledge of fertility preservation technologies and referral for them include price, inconvenience, time considerations, patient preference, and others. Sperm banking is actually readily available in most communities, is not particularly expensive, and can have a tremendous impact on the future life of a young cancer survivor.

We happen to do it here in Smithtown.

Dr Schoor