Some types of cancer and treatments may affect male fertility. Chemotherapy and radiation therapy may temporarily or permanently affect sperm count and impact the ability for men to have children.
The likelihood of male infertility after cancer depends on several factors including:
Through a partnership with the CMC Women's Institute, REhope helps men understand how their diagnosis and recommended treatments may affect fertility. REhope takes a multidisciplinary approach to fertility preservation by providing comprehensive care with a team of experts including:
When "high tech" treatment is needed, our physicians seek out the most effective new technologies along with the expertise of highly-trained andrology and embryology specialists.
Our institute provides close coordination between you, your team of physicians and cancer care providers to address your reproductive concerns. We discuss your individual treatment plan, evaluate your chances for successful family building and review fertility preservation options.
Some common concerns may include:
Many men have concerns about the effects cancer therapy may have on their ability to have children. Often sperm count and function are reduced immediately after chemotherapy or radiation so it is important to bank sperm prior to starting treatment.
To preserve fertility, sperm may be frozen and stored for future use following completion of cancer treatment. This process is quick and simple and allows you to freeze semen from one or more ejaculates in our accredited andrology lab.
Healthy pregnancies have been reported for sperm that has been stored for more than 15 years.
Several options are available either before or after cancer treatment depending on your individual needs:
During your first visit, your physician will discuss your medical history, concerns and special needs. You and your physician will devise a plan of action specifically for you. Our resources and services include the following:
Fertility Preservation Services
Call 704-446-5110 to speak with a REhope patient care coordinator for more information or to schedule an appointment.