A beautiful daughter and now twins thanks to fertility preservation
- Heidi and Brandon
Dr. Oktay's fertility treatment not only protected my wife from dangerous hormones after breast cancer, but provided us with a beautiful daughter and now twins! We owe so much to him and his research. Other fertility centers will minimize the effects of hormones on your cancer, and they will never bring up this option because they don't offer it themselves. Take control and do the research because it's your health and your family.
Three children after surviving breast cancer at age 38
- Lesley, age 43
I was diagnosed with breast cancer when I was 38 years old. The treatments prescribed to save my life, ironically, also included the potential to damage my reproductive capacities. Before undergoing the cancer treatments, I worked with Dr. Kutluk Oktay to develop a fertility preservation plan that included harvesting and freezing my own eggs. Today, I am in recovery from the breast cancer, and I am also the mother of one with two more babies on the way. I am using my own eggs that were harvested before my cancer treatments. I have my family today because I took the time to preserve my fertility options while I had the chance.
Breast cancer survivor, and a mother
- Debbie, age 33
I was diagnosed with cancer before we got engaged. They said my cancer treatment could compromise my chance to have a family. So at my doctor's strong recommendation, I had a cryopreservation procedure before the cancer treatments. Frankly, at the time I was so focused on the cancer diagnosis that I really couldn't think about anything else. However, miraculously, I did survive the cancer, and thanks to freezing my eggs, I'm now the mother of an amazing infant, I can't believe how lucky I am.
My doctor saved my life and my future
- Brenda, age 25
When I got sick, my OB/GYN made it a point to discuss the potential impact the cancer treatments might have on my fertility. At the time I didn't have the emotional energy to worry about more than just getting myself through it. But I did agree to have some eggs cryopreserved, and now I am so very grateful. I did recover and now I am planning to use my own eggs to rebuild my life.