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Texas Fertility Center Introduces Oncofertility Education Program for Physicians and Patients
Date:4/2/2013

ed educational campaigns to raise awareness about fertility preservation and the benefits of focusing on oncofertility issues as soon as a cancer diagnosis has been made.

Programs for oncologists, radiologists and cancer specialists: The message for oncologists revolves around scheduling fertility preservation in advance of, or even concurrently with, chemotherapy. Texas Fertility Center regularly holds educational programs for specialists serving on the front lines, providing information to share with their patients.

For men and women diagnosed with cancer: Cryopreservation allows a fertility clinic to effectively freeze a woman’s eggs or ovarian tissue, or, a man’s sperm. Texas Fertility Center collateral materials, social media and website pages share a message of hope, and details on making a plan for preserving fertility.

“Oncologists devise and manage comprehensive treatment plans for newly diagnosed cancer patients,” says Dr. Vaughn. “Our goal is to ensure that fertility preservation is provided at the onset as an option for young men and women who want to start or add to their families after cancer.”

Advances in Egg Freezing
Until recently, egg freezing wasn’t a viable option for young women faced with a cancer diagnosis. Eggs, the body’s largest cell, are comprised mainly of water, and historically did not freeze or thaw well. Vitrification, or rapid freezing, eliminates the problem of ice crystals forming during the process.

Today, the first babies born from frozen eggs are celebrating their second birthdays. In fact, Texas Fertility Center reported one of the first live births from a frozen egg in Texas in July 2011.

“Fertility preservation, as well as promising new breakthroughs in cancer treatment, allows youn
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