14 Oct October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Breast Cancer and Infertility
Research indicates that millions of Americans did not see a health care professional over the past year because of concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October is a great cue for ALL women to call their doctor and get back on track with clinical breast exams and, if indicated, mammograms. Don’t postpone breast health screening because of the COVID-19 pandemic. It’s important to know that doctors’ offices, hospitals, and screening centers are safe. Taking time for routine health screenings should be a priority.
Cancer and Fertility
Patients who are undergoing cancer therapies that can affect fertility may desire to cryopreserve eggs or embryos prior to treatments. Oncofertility refers to the medical field that bridges the specialties of oncology and reproductive endocrinology with the purpose of increasing the reproductive potential of cancer patients and survivors.
If breast cancer is diagnosed in a pre-menopausal woman, it is important to discuss her fertility plans concerns especially if fertility-damaging chemotherapy is recommended. These special considerations include consultations with fertility specialists and arrangements for immediate assisted reproductive strategies to preserve fertility and the possibility of future pregnancies with egg freezing or embryo freezing.
FSMG will work with the patient’s oncologist to develop a fertility preservation plan that optimizes future family building goals but also minimizes delays in treatment. We offer reduced fees from organizations like LIVESTRONG for female oncofertility preservation when patients face the potential loss of fertility due to cancer treatments. We also have relationships with pharmaceutical companies to help minimize medication costs associated with fertility preservation treatments.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
At FSMG, we stand in unity with breast cancer survivors and the families and friends who’ve lost loved ones to the disease. FSMG is honored to highlight The Pink Agenda. The Pink Agenda is a nonprofit organization committed to raising money for breast cancer research and care and awareness of breast cancer among young women. This year, the organization will host breast cancer communities all over the country at their Virtual Gala, a fundraiser in support of life-saving research. The virtual event will be hosted by Giuliana and Bill Rancic.
To learn more about this topic and speak to one of our physicians about fertility treatment, you can request a consultation here.