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At Cook Children's, we believe that focusing on the future fertility of our patients is an extension of Cook Children's Promise to improve the health of every child. Children and young adults with a variety of illnesses, such as cancer, rheumatologic, genetic and endocrine conditions, among others, may require treatment that can have a serious impact on reproductive organs. This can make it difficult for them to start families of their own in the future.
Our goal is to help patients and their families make informed decisions about fertility preservation. Our oncofertility team helps patients and their families better understand the impact current treatments may have on future fertility, as well as options to help preserve fertility.
We educate patients and families on the options available to them based on the diagnosis and treatment plan, and offer information on available clinical services and the latest research in oncofertility. We work closely with national and local oncofertility experts to expand access to preservation options.
As a member of the Oncofertility Consortium's Oncofertility Professional Engagement Network (OPEN), Cook Children's demonstrates its commitment to uphold the highest standards in oncofertility care. Our affiliation with OPEN ensures that we are connected to front-line advances in this specialty program and committed to providing the highest quality of care to our patients. It creates opportunities for us to join collaborative research efforts with the goal of enhancing patient care now, and in the future.
Upon diagnosis, you will meet with our oncofertility navigator for an initial counseling session. During this session, you will receive:
If your family wishes to pursue fertility preservation services, our fertility navigator will facilitate the next steps in the process to ensure a smooth integration with the current treatment plan, including:
Reproductive health during and after treatment:
In collaboration with expert medical providers in our community, we are able to provide the following fertility preservation options to our patients.
Children and young adults with cancer are not the only ones whose future fertility is impacted by illness or treatment. Our services are available to a wide range of patients who may have a need for fertility preservation. Some of our most common include:
Fertility risks and preservation options are individually assessed by our fertility navigator using best available clinical evidence, information from your doctor and input from our partner fertility doctors.
You will be provided information about all available means of fertility preservation, as well as which options are most appropriate given individual fertility risk, medical needs and planned treatment.
"Cook Children's Promise extends beyond treatment and into survivorship issues, such as fertility. We are excited about this new program and believe it's a safe way to offer hope to patients who otherwise would not have an option."
– Karen Albritton, M.D., medical director, Adolescent and Young Adult program at Cook Children's Hematology and Oncology Center.
What about Life After Cancer?
A program for adolescents and young adults
The Oncofertility Consortium
Have questions or need to make a referral? We can help. If you would like to speak to one of our staff, please call our offices at 682-885-3358 or email FertilityProgram@cookchildrens.org.