Fertility Preservation & Cancer Patients (Onco-Fertility)

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  1. Onco-Fertility – Family After Cancer.
  2. What Is Onco-Fertility Treatment?
  3. Who Is Onco-Fertility For?
  4. The First Step...
  5. Financial Assistance Is Available.
  6. Find Out More.

Onco-Fertility – Family After Cancer

Many cancer patients worry how their treatment will affect their chances of having a family. Fortunately, fertility science has advanced amazingly over the last decade. As a cancer patient, you now have access to a range of treatments designed specifically to help you have a family after your cancer treatment.

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What Is Onco-Fertility Treatment?

Onco-Fertility is “umbrella” term for a range of different treatments that help cancer patients have a family after their cancer treatment.

Broadly speaking, these treatments fall into two categories:

    • Pre-cancer treatment – Before your cancer treatment starts, we collect, freeze and store your eggs, embryos or sperm. Then you can use them to start a family once your cancer treatment is completed.
    • Post-cancer treatment – If you’ve already undergone cancer treatment which has compromised your fertility, we can help you access a variety of options, including:
      1. For men:
        1. Sperm cryopreservation.
      2. For women
        1. Egg and Embryo Storage.
        2. Surrogacy.
        3. Sperm, egg and embryo donors.

For detailed information, please open or download our "Onco-Fertility" booklet (pdf 203KB). 

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Who Is Onco-Fertility For?

Sadly, cancer treatment can cause infertility. It may be partial or complete, temporary or permanent.

In women, cancer treatment can reduce the number of eggs in the ovaries, affect hormonal balance, or interfere with the functioning of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus or cervix. It can also cause early menopause.

In men, the effects of cancer treatment can include compromised sperm number, motility (movement), morphology (structure) and damage to chromosomes.

Some of the factors affecting the severity of fertility (for both men and women) include:

  1. The type of cancer.
  2. The dose, intensity and method of administration (oral or intravenous) of any treatment drugs.
  3. The field size and location of any radiation therapy.
  4. The patient's age, sex, and fertility prior to treatment.

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The First Step...

If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, you’ll have hundreds of questions racing around your head.  Our aim is to make everything clear and simple to understand. We can advise you on:

  1. Whether your diagnosis and cancer treatment will affect your ability to have a baby.
  2. Your options for preserving fertility, given your diagnosis and the urgency of treatment.
  3. Whether your fertility treatment would affect your cancer treatment (delay it or impact is effectiveness).
  4. How your cancer treatment may affect your health and the health of your future children.

We can also provide counselling to deal with the “double blow” of cancer and possible infertility. You’re going through a tough time, but our professional fertility counsellors are available to offer confidential guidance and assistance.

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Financial Assistance Is Available

The various fees involved with fertility treatment can be daunting — or even insurmountable — for some patients.  Thankfully, eligible patients may receive generous fee concessions.

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Find Out More

For an urgent appointment, please call 131 IVF (131 483).  Initially, you won’t need a referral and we’ll do our best to see you on the same day.  We will require a referral soon after.

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