May 15, 2020

Fertility Preservation in Cancer Patients: Looking Beyond the Forms

By To Nhu Huynh, JD Candidate 2023, University of Houston Law Center, Houston, TX

An amateur hip-hop dancer, Hoa D. felt “single and fabulous.”1 She worked as a human resources specialist at a busy health clinic and loved to travel, go fishing and dance.

But two weeks after celebrating her 32nd birthday, Hoa found out that she had stage 2A invasive ductal carcinoma, a common type of breast cancer. Because the chemotherapy and radiation in her treatment could compromise her reproductive functions, her oncologist recommended that she consider egg freezing before treatment. In four weeks, Hoa shuffled through appointments with a primary oncologist to design a treatment plan, a cardiologist to treat a pre-existing condition, a surgical oncologist to review the surgical plan and a fertility specialist to brainstorm her future fertility options.   

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