A cancer diagnosis brings with it a flood of emotions — sometimes one at a time, often all at once. A patient’s initial questions relate to their type of cancer, course of treatment and most importantly, the likelihood of survival.
What may not immediately come to mind is the possible effect the cancer and its treatment could have on the patient’s future ability to have children. Just 20 years ago, this was rarely considered. Then cancer survival rates were lower, and the technology to preserve future fertility was not readily available.
Today, a novel collaboration between the Duke Cancer Institute’s (DCI) Supportive Care & Survivorship Center and the Duke Fertility Center is helping cancer patients' family-dreams come true.