Fertility Preservation Treatment for Patients Diagnosed with Cancer
We provide rapid access fertility preservation for men and women on the NHS or a self-funding basis This is available to patients who will be embarking on treatment that may impair their fertility, such as chemotherapy.
If you are given a diagnosis of cancer, these are few things to consider:
1) Treatments for many cancers continue to improve, leading to a longer and better survival
2) Unfortunately the same treatments (radio, chemo, surgical) can harm your fertility
3) There is usually a limited time for you to decide if you would like to preserve your fertility before starting treatment that might affect your fertility
What we can do for you:
Before cancer treatment
– Assess your fertility potential
– Advise on reproductive function after cancer treatment based on your individual circumstances
– Provide one of the fertility preservation options:
– Freezing of eggs
-Freezing of embryos
The frozen sperm, eggs or embryos can be used after your cancer treatment is accomplished and you wish to have a baby.
– Provide supportive counselling
– Advise medical professionals considering referring their patients to our services
After your cancer treatment
– Assess your fertility potential
– Advise on reproductive function (regular periods after treatment do not guarantee normal fertility; however absence of periods does not always suggest you can’t get pregnant, hence advice on appropriate contraception is also important while you are recovering from cancer and its treatment).
– Provide specialist advice on HRT and other aspects of women’s health in cases of early menopause
– Provide specialist advice on men’s health in cases of testicular failure or hypo-gonadism secondary to radiotherapy of head
– Provide specialist advice for women who developed Vaginal Graft Versus Host Disease following Bone Marrow Transplant
– Provide fertility treatment (where possible)
– Advise on alternative options- surrogacy, donation, adoption
Who can contact us?
Anyone who has diagnosis of cancer and is going to have treatment that could give a good long term prognosis, but might affect fertility.
Anyone who has non-cancer illness, e.g lupus, sickle cell disease etc, that might require surgical, chemotherapy or radiotherapy treatment.
Any medical practitioner who provides care to patients of reproductive age requiring gonadotoxic treatment.
Parents of teenage and young adults (14 – 25yrs).
EXPERTS IN THE FIELD
– We have a dedicated team that is led by a renowned expert in the field of fertility preservation with at least 3 decades of experience. Until today we have provided care to more than 1000 men and 500 women diagnosed with cancer.
– We aim to see you within 1 to 7 days from first contact (depending on the urgency of treatment required) and start fertility treatment as soon as possible.
– Continuity of care by dedicated named staff easily accessible for advice.
What to do next?
– Inform your oncology doctor as soon as possible that you are interested in seeking advice on fertility preservation as they can refer you directly and help by providing us with relevant medical information.
What information is required?
To be able to provide you with efficient, timely and safe advice and/or treatment it is essential for us to know the exact details from your oncology team about:
1) your diagnosis
2) What treatment is planned
3) When this treatment is expected to commence
4) Direct contact details of your oncology team
We will be able to advise you if you are eligible for NHS funding depending on your personal circumstances and support your application in timely manner if you are eligible.
Those patients who are not eligible for fertility preservation with the NHS can still proceed to have treatment with us on a self funded basis.