Fertility After Cancer
Building families after cancer through our unique oncofertility program
For women and men of reproductive age, a cancer diagnosis may bring with it the risk of infertility from treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation and surgery.
We partner with The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to help patients preserve their fertility before undergoing cancer treatment, increasing the chance of having a biological child once treatment is completed.
We also offer family building services for patients who did not pursue fertility preservation prior to cancer treatment.
A Proven Oncofertility Program
Our oncofertility program combines the expertise of two specialties – oncology and reproductive endocrinology – to offer patients new hope for fertility after cancer.
We are a highly experienced, well-established program with unique insights gained through years of collaboration with MD Anderson, a leading cancer center in the U.S.
Our patients benefit from:
- Expert counseling on the most appropriate fertility options, based on your cancer diagnosis
- The most advanced fertility preservation treatments available today
- Highly coordinated, streamlined care, partnering with your oncologist to determine the best approach for preserving your fertility prior to treating your cancer
Bridging Two Specialties
Our collaborative program is led by Dr. Terri L. Woodard, a reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist that holds joint appointments as an associate professor in the Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine at MD Anderson Cancer Center and as an assistant professor in the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility (REI) at Baylor College of Medicine.
With her dual appointment, Dr. Woodard is frequently sought after for her expertise in fertility after cancer.
- Conceiving After Cancer – TMC News
- Meet reproductive endocrinologist and infertility specialist Terri Woodard – MD Anderson
- Fertility and cancer: 10 things to know – MD Anderson Cancerwise publication
We offer comprehensive fertility preservation and family building services for men and women whose fertility may be impacted by cancer or its treatment, including:
- Fertility counseling prior to cancer treatment – to help newly diagnosed cancer patients understand their risks of infertility and their fertility preservation options
- Fertility testing and treatment planning
- Semen analysis – at our state-of-the-art Andrology lab
- Fertility preservation
- Third-party reproduction education and treatment – including the use of donor eggs, donor embryos and donor sperm, gestational carriers, and adoption
- Preimplantation genetic testing (PGT-M) – for patients with single-gene hereditary cancers, such as BRCA mutations
- Access to Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women maternal-fetal medicine services – for specialized care of pregnant women with a history of cancer, optimizing obstetrical outcomes
Fertility Preservation Options
We offer a full range of fertility preservation options to increase your chances of having a biological child in the future, including:
- Egg freezing (cryopreservation)
- Embryo freezing
- Ovarian tissue freezing
- Sperm banking
- Ovarian suppression
Leading the Way to New Treatments
Texas Children’s Pavilion for Women, Baylor College of Medicine and MD Anderson Cancer Center have joined forces to help cancer patients understand the impact of cancer treatment on fertility, enabling patients to make the most informed decisions about future family building.
Through our partnerships and research, we continue to advance fertility care, treatments and outcomes for cancer patients everywhere.
Priority Care for Patients with Newly Diagnosed Cancer
We understand that a cancer diagnosis is stressful and that things move quickly. Priority appointments are available, expediting your fertility preservation without significantly delaying cancer treatment.