Upon a child’s diagnosis of cancer or other disease, survival is foremost on a parent’s mind, and often Fertility Preservation is not considered or addressed by medical staff. The majority of children treated can now expect to be cured, and infertility can be an issue for these survivors. It is important that parents of children diagnosed with cancer are proactive in preserving their child’s fertility. If your child’s oncologist does not mention the topic of fertility preservation, we urge you to bring it to his/her attention. Healthcare professionals such as social workers and nurse/patient navigators are good sources of information on Fertility Preservation.
There are no standard options to preserve fertility of girls or boys who are not yet producing mature eggs or sperm. However, the following experimental procedures are available.
Ovarian Tissue cryopreservation is the main method of Fertility Preservation for prepubescent girls. The procedure is offered by several centers in the U.S. ReproTech’s Fertility Preservation Network consists of fertility centers across the U.S., working in conjunction with Northwestern University’s Oncofertility Consortium, to offer ovarian tissue cryopreservation.
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Testicular Tissue cryopreservation is the main method of Fertility Preservation for prepubescent boys. The procedure is offered by only a few centers in the U.S. The Fertility Preservation Program of Pittsburgh is a member of ReproTech’s Fertility Preservation Network, and is approved to freeze testicular tissue (as well as ovarian tissue) that might be used in the future to restore fertility when experimental techniques emerge from the research pipeline.
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