At Moffitt Cancer Center, we understand that fertility preservation is important to many of our patients. Certain cancer treatments can interfere with a person’s reproductive ability, but there’s no need to choose between raising a family and receiving life-saving care. At Moffitt, both men and women can access the latest options in cancer care while keeping their future families in mind.
When developing a patient’s treatment plan, Moffitt’s oncologists and reproductive endocrinologists will make note of any treatments that could possibly have an impact on his or her fertility. For instance, radiation therapy and chemotherapy interfere with the body’s ability to produce sperm or eggs, while surgical removal of the reproductive organs can end a person’s ability to bear children. Options for preserving fertility are available outside of Moffitt. Options may include:
- A woman’s eggs can be harvested from her ovaries, fertilized with a partner’s sperm through in vitro fertilization (IVF) and then frozen for implantation at a later date. Alternatively, unfertilized eggs can also be frozen and stored.
- A woman’s ovaries can be covered with a shield during radiation therapy, or surgically repositioned to remove them from the planned radiation field. In some cases, ovarian tissue can be surgically removed, frozen and re-implanted after treatment.
- A man’s sperm can be frozen and stored, then implanted into his partner’s uterus or used for IVF at a later date.
- A man’s testicles can be covered with a shield during radiation therapy. In some cases, testicular tissue can be surgically removed, frozen and re-implanted after treatment.
Many other options can also be discussed, such as third-party reproduction, surrogacy or adoption. We provide patients with the information and support they need to make the fertility preservation decision that’s best for their own unique physical, emotional and psychosocial needs.
Contact local fertility preservation facilities to learn more about options available to you:
Florida Fertility Institute
4728 N Habana Ave Suite 301
Tampa, FL 33614
Reproductive Group Medicine
813-914-7304 (x1267 for males or x1258 for females)
5245 E Fletcher Ave #1,
Tampa, FL 33617
Shady Grove Fertility
5016 West Cypress Street Suite 302
Tampa, FL 33607
Moffitt’s Adolescent & Young Adult Program (AYA) provides resources, services and events for young adult patients (ages 15-39) and their families.