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Fertility Preservation for Patients With Cancer

Increasingly, patients with cancer are surviving their disease and are faced with significant challenges regarding quality of life, including fertility preservation. According to NIH surveys, in 2000, approximately 2.5 million adults of childbearing age were cancer survivors, and by 2010 it is estimated that 1 of every 250 adults will be survivors of childhood cancer. One significant aspect of survivability is the strong desire of patients to have a genetic family.

At UCSF, we have developed a multi-disciplinary team to move this field of clinical care and medical research forward. The depth and breadth of the Center for Reproductive Health (CRH), staffed by reproductive endocrinologists, urologists, psychologists, and genetic counselors, as well as the expertise of clinical embryologists and experts in gamete biology through the CRH and the Center for Reproductive Sciences (CRS) forms the foundation of our program.

Clinical care necessitates the immediate response of our team.All patients are seen within 24-48 hours of calling our office at (415) 353-9115. We are aware that critical clinical decisions regarding cancer treatment are made quickly and that our role is apprise patients of all available options for fertility preservation, including awareness of options should they chose to not pursue active management prior to cancer treatment. Education and counseling, alone, are valuable to the patient who should make an active decision rather than deal, in ignorance, with the consequences of their cancer therapy.

 

For more information about our professional staff and physician teams, please visit our faculty page.

Mitch Rosen, MD UCSF fertility preservation specialist, Dr. Mitch Rosen, featured in SF Chronicle Story: Fertility preservation helps women beyond cancer.
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