By Lynne Adkins
PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — A local cancer treatment center and a fertility clinic are working together to make sure that cancer patients have the chance to start a family after treatment.
Radiation, chemotherapy, and surgery can affect fertility in both men and women, and for cancer patients in their childbearing years who are hoping for a family, losing that choice can be devastating.
Dr. Nicole Longo, director of CTCA’s oncofertility preservation progam, says even though cancer treatment can take a long time, that isn’t the issue.
“The wonderful thing is that you can store eggs, sperm, and embryos indefinitely,” she notes. “There was a case at the Main Line Center where they had stored an embryo for greater than 12 years, and they had a successful, viable pregnancy after that time.”
The centers will also work with fertility clinics in the patient’s hometown, she says.