Whether you wish to freeze your eggs, embryos, or sperm prior to oncology treatment, the physicians at the Fertility Institute of Hawaii can answer your questions and guide you through the process. Please contact our office at 808-545-2800.
Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients
Here at the Fertility Institute of Hawaii, we are honored to provide oncology patients with options to preserve their fertility prior to undergoing cancer treatment. Research studies have shown that many cancer-treating therapies such as certain types of surgery, chemotherapy and radiation may negatively affect reproductive tissues (sperm and eggs) in both males and females.
Sperm Banking for Male Cancer Patients
Prior to undergoing any cancer treatment, we encourage male patients to consider sperm cryopreservation. Sperm freezing can be done at any point in time and once frozen, the sample can be stored indefinitely for future use.
All that is required to get started is a referral from your treating physician. Collections can be done in office in our collection room, or at home with use of one of our collection kits. Patients may opt to freeze single or multiple samples for banking. Patients who have questions regarding sperm banking can speak with their oncologist or set up a consultation with a physician at the Fertility Institute of Hawaii.
Egg or Embryo Cryopreservation for Female Cancer Patients
Females may choose to preserve eggs or embryos (fertilized eggs). Patients with a cancer diagnosis can either be referred by their oncologist, or contact us directly to request a consultation. We like to see our oncologic patients as soon as possible after their diagnosis, and aim to consult with them 24-48 hours after receiving a referral or contact from the patient.
The entire process for egg or embryo freezing can take anywhere from 2-3 weeks depending on when during the menstrual cycle treatment is started, and how quickly chemotherapy/ radiation must commence. During a patient’s treatment cycle, the staff at the Fertility Institute of Hawaii remain in frequent contact with her oncology team to ensure that fertility treatment does interfere with cancer treatment.
To learn more about the freezing process please visit the egg or embryo fertility preservation page.
Financial Assistance for Oncofertility Patients
While fertility preservation is unfortunately not covered by most insurance plans, the Fertility Institute of Hawaii provides financial assistance by discounting the cost of the fertility preservation treatment cycles. FIH also has partnered with LIVESTRONG
, AllianceRx (Walgreens) EMD Serono, and Ferring Pharmaceuticals in an effort to obtain the medications required for fertility preservation at low or no-cost for those who require fertility preservation or fertility treatment before or after undergoing cancer therapy. You can learn more about their program by visiting their website at the link above, or, calling us
for more information.