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Breast Cancer Does Not Mean the End Of Fertility-Dr. Spencer Richlin Comments Blog Feature
Lisa Rosenthal

By: Lisa Rosenthal on October 23rd, 2013

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Breast Cancer Does Not Mean the End Of Fertility-Dr. Spencer Richlin Comments

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Fertility and Breast Cancer



Fertility and Breast Cancer by Dr. Spencer Richlin

As Breast Cancer Awareness Month is here, we have great news to share. Patients are surviving breast cancer with the five-year survival rate approaching 90-95%. While patients with breast cancer may or may not opt to have children, they now have more choices for family building. It is well known that female fertility may be impaired after radiotherapy, chemotherapy or surgery when treating and curing their cancer. However, there are procedures that can be done before treatment to help ensure future fertility.

Fertility Preservation through Egg Freezing

Often, treatment can be delayed to allow removal of eggs (oocytes) for future family building. In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) includes ovarian stimulation and retrieval of oocytes. Oocytes (an option for single patients who would prefer not to use donor sperm) are frozen or inseminated with sperm to make embryos. For fertility preservation, embryos and oocytes are frozen for future transfer into cancer patients after treatment or into a gestational carrier. When our cancer patients are healthy and are ready to conceive, the pregnancy rates are excellent after embryo transfer.


Pregnancy After Breast Cancer


The even greater news:


  • Pregnancy outcomes in cancer survivors to date have found no increase in congenital malformations or cancers in future offspring


  • Often cancer treatment can be delayed  to allow retrieval of oocytes for future family building


  • Pregnancy after cancer treatment does not increase recurrence of disease


  • Our patients who are preserving fertility deserve and receive the upmost respect and timely treatment during their time in our office. We have a dedicated team to make the journey seamless



  • As many cancers have excellent cure rates, the dream of having a family is still very possible. Let us help you make it happen.



About Lisa Rosenthal

Lisa has over thirty years of experience in the fertility field. After her personal infertility journey, she felt dissatisfied with the lack of comprehensive services available to support her. She was determined to help others undergoing fertility treatment. Lisa has been with RMACT for eleven years and serves as Patient Advocate and the Strategic Content Lead.

Lisa is the teacher and founder of Fertile Yoga, a program designed to support men and women on their quest for their families through gentle movement and meditation.

Lisa’s true passion is supporting patients getting into treatment, being able to stay in treatment and staying whole and complete throughout the process. Lisa is also a Certified Grief Recovery Specialist, which is helpful in her work with fertility patients.

Her experience also includes working with RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association and The American Fertility Association (now Path2Parenthood), where she was Educational Coordinator, Conference Director and Assistant Executive Director.