Pediatric patients with a variety of cancer, genetic, endocrine and rheumatologic conditions may be candidates for fertility preservation as part of their comprehensive care. In particular, pediatric cancer patients today experience a significantly increased overall survival and prolonged life expectancy due to continued advancement in medical therapies.
The remarkable improvements in survivorship have prompted increased awareness of long-term quality of life concerns, including the risk of infertility among adult survivors of childhood cancer. About 15 percent of cancer survivors have fertility issues, and we have developed a comprehensive program to offer solutions to both our male and female patients. The fertility program at Lurie Children’s is the only one of its kind for pediatric patients in the state of Illinois.