Cryopreservation a ray of hope to preserve fertility for the Cancer Patients
Approximately 1.4 lakh of people who fall under the age of 40-45 years are diagnosed with cancer every year.1 Advancements in cancer treatments in the past two decades have led to a remarkable increase in survival rates. Quality-of-life issues for these survivors, such as fertility, are gaining exposure in clinical and public realms. The survivors hope to have a biological family; in fact, prior studies indicate that the process of surviving a cancer diagnosis may actually increase the desire to have children. However, these treatments can result in premature ovarian failure, or other fertility disorders in women and in men the testicles may not produce healthy sperms or the process of sperm ejaculation is disrupted.
Though cancer treatment can significantly impact the fertility, there are many options now available to cancer survivors.
- For Men: Sperm cryopreservation
Testicular tissue cryopreservation
- For Women: Embryo cryopreservation
Ovarian tissue cryopreservation
Fertility Preservation gives a hope in future reproduction and hope of life after cancer. Fertility Preservation should be discussed with the patients who are about to embark this treatment. Sperm freezing and embryo freezing are the most successful method to date.