SARATOGA, Calif., Jan. 28, 2015 /PRNewswire/ -- When faced with a cancer diagnosis, many patients become overwhelmed with the decisions they must make regarding their cancer treatments, and their reproductive futures often take a backseat. Unfortunately, many patients who are not fully informed about their options learn about the steps needed to insure a reproductive future too late. Advanced Reproductive Care, Inc. (ARC) [www.arcfertility.com], the largest network of fertility specialists in the United States, is advising both men and women to consider their options and educate themselves before cancer treatments, should they plan to have a family.
Dr. David Adamson, founder and CEO of ARC, says, "A cancer diagnosis is overwhelming and both patients and their oncologists typically focus on chemotherapy and radiation treatments - which is understandably a priority with any form of cancer at any stage. With the advancements in cancer treatments and remarkable survival rates, however, patients should be thinking about life after chemo, and what that means for having a family. Often overlooked, or left as a last-minute decision, are options to freeze eggs, sperm and/or embryos, should the patient have difficulty or inability to have a baby the old-fashioned way once they complete their treatments."
While not all cancer treatments cause infertility, many can have an adverse effect on reproductive capability in both men and women. Women, especially those over age 35, may be pushed into early menopause. There are several options for fertility preservation available, but it is important to plan for this before beginning chemotherapy or radiation treatments.
"Having a clear head when facing a life-threatening illness is not something that comes easily," Dr. Adamson adds. "Reproductive options are growing and patients have several options to consider, so it is important to speak with a professional and get the best advice available. Patients need to think about recovery and what the future holds when the chance for fertility preservation is the greatest."
About Advanced Reproductive Care, Inc. (ARC)
With more than 17 years of experience, Advanced Reproductive Care, Inc. (ARC) provides affordable, evidence-based fertility treatment packages and financing options to people living with infertility. Founded by world-renowned, Stanford-trained, board certified reproductive endocrinologist Dr. David Adamson, ARC offers the largest network of board-certified fertility specialists in the United States. To check out our exciting new and improved website, please visit www.arcfertility.com.
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