Fertility Preservation and Breast Cancer

Dr. Victor Guardiola, Medical Oncologist at Miami Cancer Institute, says only less than 5% of the breast cancer patients are less than 40 years old and the vast majority already have a family, so they tend to decide no to do fertility preservation.

Surgery, chemotherapy, radiation, hormone therapy and targeted therapy are types o cancer treatment and they can affect fertility. For example, Guardiola explains medications used for chemotherapy can affect the ovaries by killing the eggs. "Females are born with the same amount of eggs that they carry throughout their life, so there's not a replacement of them after chemotherapy. That doesn't mean that every single chemotherapy agent will do it."

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