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Fertility preservation: A ray of hope for cancer patients

  • Published on January 17, 2022
Fertility preservation: A ray of hope for cancer patients

Cancer is a fatal disease and can have several side effects, including the risk of infertility. Dr. Meenu Vashisht Ahuja, consultant, Birla Fertility & IVF, expresses her views in one of the most prominent newspapers, Firstpost. She explains how cancer can affect the chances of having a baby through the natural process and how in today’s time, women have an opportunity to preserve their fertility.

Chemotherapy, surgery, and radiation are among cancer treatments that might influence a woman’s fertility. Radiation is said to have more adverse effects than chemotherapy, depending on the location and size of the radiation field and the type of dose given. Surgery can affect fertility as it can result in the removal of the uterus or ovaries, and medications given during chemotherapy can affect older women more than younger cancer patients. Radiation is said to have more adverse effects than chemotherapy, depending on the location and size of the radiation field and the type of dose given.

According to Dr. Meenu Vashisht Ahuja, many treatments, such as egg freezing, embryo freezing, donor eggs, donor sperms, donor embryos, ovarian cortex freezing, and testicular freezing, can help preserve fertility and, therefore, improve the chances of conception.

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Dr Shreya Gupta

Dr Shreya Gupta

Dr Shreya Gupta is an experienced OBGYN in Lucknow with close to 10 years of clinical experience. Her friendly patient oriented approach and thorough knowledge in reproductive medicine makes her a stellar addition in our growing fertility team. She completed her MBBS from GSVM Medical College, Kanpur and her MD (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) from KGMC Lucknow. Thereafter she completed her DNB (Obstetrics & Gynaecology) and FNB (Reproductive Medicine) from Ruby Hall Clinic, Pune.   

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