An estimated 1 in 47 reproductive age women will be diagnosed with some type of invasive cancer by age 40. Through a close partnership with CMC Women’s Institute Center for Reproduction, our REhope team of specialists is available to discuss how your cancer treatments may affect your chance of infertility or risk of future pregnancy complications. Our center provides close coordination between you, your team of physicians and cancer care providers to address reproductive concerns.
Through a partnership with CMC Women's Institute, REhope helps women 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.
Many types of cancer may affect a woman's reproductive function. While men continually produce new sperm, women are born with all the eggs they will ever develop.
Both chemotherapy and radiation treatments can decrease hormone production resulting in early menopause and deplete a woman's supply of eggs, reducing chances of future pregnancy. Radiation treatments may also affect uterine function which could result in difficulties during pregnancy.
The likelihood of cancer and recommended treatments affecting female fertility depends on several factors including:
Not all women will be infertile after cancer treatment, but many women want to know their fertility preserving options before cancer treatment begins. Reproductive specialists at the Women's Institute discuss your individual treatment plan, talk about future fertility options and answer any questions.
Concerns may include:
For women at risk of infertility after cancer, fertility preserving treatments may provide options for conceiving after cancer. Several treatment options are available either before or after cancer treatment, depending on your individual situation including:
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.