Onco-Fertility - Family After Cancer
Many cancer patients worry how their treatment will affect their chances of having a family. Fortunately, fertility science has advanced amazingly over the last decade. As a cancer patient, you now have access to a range of treatments designed specifically to help you have a family after your cancer treatment.
What Is Onco-Fertility And How Can Flinders Fertility Help?
Onco-Fertility is an ‘umbrella’ term for a range of different treatments offered by Flinders Fertility that help cancer patients have a family after their cancer treatment.
- Pre-cancer treatment:
- Egg, sperm or embryo storage.
- Ovarian tissue freezing (for women).
- Testicular aspiration and extraction, and microsurgical sperm retrieval (for men).
- Post-cancer treatment - If you’ve already undergone cancer treatment and your fertility has been compromised, we can help you with options:
- Sperm and egg donors - either recruited by you or local and overseas donors recruited by, or facilitated by, Flinders Fertility.
- Embryo donors - when available.
For detailed information, please open or download our Onco-Fertility booklet (pdf 203KB).
Who Is Onco-Fertility For?
Sadly, cancer treatment can cause infertility. It may be partial or complete, temporary or permanent.
In women, cancer treatment can reduce the number of eggs in the ovaries, affect hormonal balance, or interfere with the functioning of the ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus or cervix. It can also cause early menopause.
In men, the effects of cancer treatment can include compromised sperm number, motility (movement), morphology (structure) and damage to chromosomes.
Some of the factors affecting the severity of fertility (for both men and women) include:
- The type of cancer.
- The dose, intensity and method of administration (oral or intravenous) of any treatment drugs.
- The field size and location of any radiation therapy.
- The patient's age, sex, and fertility prior to treatment.
The First Step...
If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with cancer, you’ll have hundreds of questions racing around your head. Our aim is to make everything as clear and simple to understand as possible. We can advise you on:
- Whether your diagnosis and cancer treatment will affect your ability to have a baby.
- Your options for preserving fertility, given your diagnosis and the urgency of treatment.
- Whether your fertility treatment would affect your cancer treatment (delay it or impact is effectiveness).
- How your cancer treatment may affect your health and the health of your future children.
We can also provide counselling to deal with the ‘double blow’ of cancer and possible infertility. You’re going through a tough time, but our professional fertility counsellors are available to offer confidential guidance and assistance.
Financial Assistance Is Available
The various fees involved with fertility treatment can be daunting - or even insurmountable - for some patients. Thankfully, eligible patients may receive generous fee concessions. Please contact us for further information.
Find Out More
For an urgent appointment, please call 131 IVF (131 483). Initially, you won’t need a referral and we’ll do our best to see you on the same day. We will require a referral soon after.