Cancer and fertility 101

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This Care Conversation is part of a monthly speaker series at Roswell Park.

When young adults are diagnosed with cancer, it often feels like a sucker punch to the gut. People ages 18-39 are more often thinking about relationships, buying houses, building their careers and spending quality time with family members and friends than they are about what a cancer diagnosis could mean for their futures. But, once cancer is confirmed, young adults now have more tools at their disposal than ever before to safeguard their dreams, especially as it relates to having children. 

The Oncofertility Program at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center strives to make sure that young adult cancer patients know what their options are as soon as possible after a diagnosis, and whenever possible, before treatment begins. 

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If you’ve recently been diagnosed with cancer and you’d like to learn more about this topic, please consider attending the next Care Conversation, “Cancer and Fertility,” on Tuesday, April 16 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. 

Presented by Denise Rokitka, MD, MPH, Director of Roswell Park’s Young Adult and Oncofertility Programs, and Ashley King, Roswell Park’s Young Adult Program Coordinator, attendees will discover how cancer can affect fertility and how Roswell Park’s Oncofertility Program can support both men and women. The talk also will cover fertility preservation, including medications to preserve ovarian function during chemotherapy, radiation, as well as other cancer therapies. The presenters also will answer common questions about average success rates and costs associated with fertility preservation. 

Care Conversations is a monthly speaker series for Roswell Park patients and caregivers to support, encourage and educate. A 45-minute presentation is followed by a 15-minute Q&A session. The series occurs on the third Tuesday of every month, at 11 a.m., and takes place in The 11 Day Power Play Cancer Resource Center, which is located on the first floor of the main hospital next to the Tower Elevators. 

You may also attend virtually via Microsoft Teams. (You’ll receive the meeting ID, passcode and “Join the meeting” link after registering.) Register today by calling  716-845-8659, option 1 or RSVP here. 

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Mark your calendar for future Care Conversations on the third Tuesday of every month. Future topics include:

  • What is a Survivorship Care Plan and Should I Have One (May) 
  • Roswell Park’s Cancer Coach Program (June) 
  • How Mindfulness Can Support You in Your Cancer Journey (July) 
  • Cancer and Cannabis (August)
  • Health and Wealth: Boosting Your Financial Literacy (September) 

Care Conversations in the Resource Center are generously supported by donor dollars through our Quality-of-Life Program.