Treatment with cancer drugs poses a risk of damage to fertility for men and women. The effects depend on the type of chemotherapy used and the dosage of the individual cytostatic. In the event that a natural pregnancy does not occur after completing cancer therapy, both women and men have various options so their wish to have a child can come true.
At the Kinderwusch Institut Dr Loimer, female egg cells can be collected and cryopreserved prior to cancer treatment. Affected men can also freeze semen material for later fertilisation before starting chemotherapy or radiation treatment. With cryopreservation, cells and semen are stored for long periods of time for later use. The cells are cryopreserved at minus 196 degrees Celsius in liquid nitrogen.