What are the main options for a pre-treatment adult female?
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Jill Trainer, MSW, LCSW
Patient Navigator, Division of Fertility Preservation
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University
The three basic options that we give this patient are emergency IVF with embryo freezing, emergency IVF with egg freezing, and ovarian tissue freezing which is a surgical procedure and very experimental. If you have a sperm source, then we can do embryo freezing. If you don’t have a sperm source, then we can do egg freezing. If we don’t have any time for the patient and the patient still wants to do something, then ovary tissue freezing which is a laparoscopic surgery, that is an option that’s given to the patient that it’s usually able to be done fairly quickly like within a matter of days. We’re able to get those patients seen and have that surgery done provided that we have the permission from the oncologist that patient is well enough to sustain the surgery.