The Metastatic Breast Cancer Network will spearhead an awareness day to support those afflicted with this disease on October 13th. Discover 31 facts you may not know about metastatic breast cancer by clicking here – one fact for every day of October. Why is October 13th an important date for you? The fertility experts at New Hope Fertility Center in New York wants to spread awareness about metastatic breast cancer and fertility preservation. Look: If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer, you should immediately consider your options for after you receive treatment, prior to getting it. Many of the cancer fighting drugs have serious side effects which may prevent you from having children in the future. Even if you don’t think you will want kids later in life, you should consider fertility preservation as crucial for those men and women who MIGHT want to have children the future. Just because you don’t now, doesn't mean you won’t change your mind later.
Fertility Preservation Experts
In their role as partners in the fight against metastatic breast cancer, New Hope Fertility Center in NYC is dedicated to promoting awareness of how patients can preserve their future fertility after a diagnosis.
Awareness About Breast Cancer
The National Breast Cancer Foundation’s mission is to promote support for women through every stage of their breast cancer struggle. LOOK: You can help women in need of support during their struggle with metastatic breast cancer
- Go to National Breast Cancer.org and download a free breast health guide
- Host an in-person or virtual breast cancer awareness fundraiser
- Make a one-time or ongoing donation
- Share information about breast cancer on social media
Egg Freezing Through IVF – Oocyte Cryopreservation
Egg Freezing through IVF is the most common type of fertility preservation treatment for women diagnosed with breast cancer. Through IVF, a woman’s natural egg production is stimulated with fertility drugs into producing several eggs – 10 to 15 typically per cycle. These eggs are then surgically retrieved and cryopreserved using an advanced technique known as vitrification.
When a woman is ready to have a baby, her eggs can be thawed and fertilized in vitro (in a laboratory setting) using fresh or frozen/thawed sperm. Once quality embryos have developed, one (or two) can be transferred to the woman’s uterus in a simple office procedure similar to a Pap smear. Excessive quality embryos can be cryopreserved for future embryo transfers via Frozen Embryo Transfer (FET) procedures.
Vitrification – Flash Freezing Method
Dr. John Zhang was one of the first doctors in the United States to implement vitrification as a method of freezing eggs. That’s not all: The Doctor was one of the first doctors in New York to facilitate a live birth using egg freezing fertility preservation.
Vitrification is a flash-freezing method preventing the formation of ice crystals between the cells forming an egg. Ice crystals can damage an egg’s cells. By surgically retrieving and cryopreserving a woman’s eggs through vitrification for future fertilization, the eggs are protected from the adverse effects of breast cancer treatments, such as chemo and radiation.
Embryo Cryopreservation and Future FET Procedures
When egg freezing is not recommended by a patient’s oncologist, or it is not the preferred option by the patient herself – embryo cryopreservation – is also widely acclaimed to preserve a couple’s future fertility through IVF and FET technology. It may seem counterintuitive, but many religions and countries around the world say that egg freezing is illegal if you are unmarried or plan to not use the eggs to create embryos for yourself.
By surgically retrieving eggs, fertilizing them in vitro (in a laboratory setting), and then freezing the resulting high quality embryos, a couple can increase their chances of conceiving a child biologically related to both the mother and father.
When thawed, quality embryos can be transferred to the mother’s uterus – or – to the uterus of a gestational surrogate should the mother’s uterus be unamenable to transfer and implantation. Frozen embryos can give a couple the best chances of pregnancy after surviving breast cancer.
Best Center for Preserving Fertility Pre-Cancer and Post- Cancer Diagnosis
If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with breast cancer – or you are a high risk candidate – it is important to work with a fertility care team having the experience required to design a customized fertility preservation treatment plan meeting your personal needs. To schedule your initial consultation with one of the celebrated fertility specialists at New Hope Fertility Center in NYC call 917.525.5496.