at my first chemo meeting I was told that they hadn't figured out how to effectively freeze eggs yet; or rather they could freeze them, but not defrost them! The oncologist said that they could only do fertilized eggs - no use to me as I am currently without a fertilizer! But that they were reluctant to even do that as it would delay the treatment for a couple of months & it was more important that they got on with things. He also said that the chances of an early menopause brought on by chemo would be between 5 & 10%, which I think in medical terms is quite negligible. I've finished chemo in Feb, but had regular periods up unto after treatment 5 of 6. So i think it's really a matter of chance how your eggs come out of it.
Good luck with everything anyway; looking back now, I think I rushed a lot of decisions, so you're doing the right thing weighing everything up.
Thank you for letting me know your experience with this. Yes my breast care nurse told me we would have to pay. I am getting worried now as like you say all of this delays treatment and want to be better for my little girl. It is now 4 weeks since my surgery and my oncologist sent our referal to fertility specialist 2wks ago but only just got appointment through which is on mon31st - so i cant see it happening with 6 wks more to wait! The chemo unit have pencilled me in but my oncologist has said i have 3 months from op to sort fertility but chemo could be less effective! Would you mind telling me when you started the zoladex prior to treatment? as have heard that needs to be in your system a few wks before chemo can begin? Even more delays!x
I have been on here a while,joining in with other threads but this is my first one! I was just wondering if anyone in a similar situation? I am 28 and was diagnosed at the end of jan this year with invasive ductal breast cancer,grade 3,ER+ and HER2+. Have had two lumpectomys to clear it and one lymph node was positive. I am now due to start chemo on 1st April but am still awaiting appointment to see fertility specialist to see if we can freeze eggs and zoladex injections to protect ovaries during treatment. I will also be on herceptin for a yr and tamoxafin for 5-10yrs. I have a 20month old little girl and would like her to have a brother or sister at some point, but most of all be here to watch her grow up! Keeping positive but a lot to think about! xxx