Receiving a cancer diagnosis can disrupt and even destroy a hopeful parent’s dream of starting or growing a family. Cancer treatments, especially chemotherapy, can have harmful impacts on a woman’s eggs and a man’s sperm. However, recent advances in fertility treatment have allowed cancer patients to preserve their fertility and have provided new hope where little existed before.

In this episode, Eve C. Feinberg, M.D., a reproductive endocrinologist and medical director of Northwestern Fertility and Reproductive Medicine, joins host Mark P. Trolice, M.D., to discuss the latest advances in preserving fertility among cancer patients and the factors involved in developing a fertility preservation treatment plan.

Tune in to discover:

  • Why fertility preservation awareness is at an all-time high
  • What patients can realistically expect with their fertility after cancer treatment
  • When cancer patients should undergo fertility preservation
  • The fertility implications of chemotherapy
  • What the future holds for experimental and non-traditional methods of fertility preservation

About Eve Feinberg

Eve Feinberg, M.D. is the medical director at Northwestern Fertility and Reproductive Medicine and an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University. She has a thriving clinical practice and is involved on a national level in the field of reproductive medicine. Dr. Feinberg is the vice-president for the Society for Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility and an active member of the editorial board of the journal Fertility and Sterility. Her clinical research interests include racial disparity in access and outcomes of in-vitro fertilization and she is the founder of the Kevin J. Lederer Life Foundation, a not-for-profit that gives financial assistance to individuals and couples struggling with infertility.

Dr. Feinberg completed her residency in obstetrics and gynecology at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL, and completed her fellowship in reproductive endocrinology and infertility at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD. During residency and fellowship, Dr. Feinberg was given numerous awards for clinical research, and she has published over a dozen peer-reviewed journal articles and book chapters. Additionally, Dr. Feinberg serves as a reviewer for Fertility and Sterility, one of the most widely read journals by Reproductive Endocrinologists.

 About Mark P. Trolice, M.D.

Mark P. Trolice, M.D., FACOG, FACS, FACE is Director of Fertility CARE: The IVF Center in Winter Park, Florida and Associate Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology (OB/GYN) at the University of Central Florida College of Medicine in Orlando responsible for the medical education of OB/GYN residents and medical students as well as Medical Endocrinology fellows. He is past President of the Florida Society of Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility (REI) and past Division Director of REI at Winnie Palmer Hospital, part of Orlando Health.

He is double board certified in REI and OB/GYN, maintains annual recertification, and has been awarded the American Medical Association’s “Physicians’ Recognition Award” annually. He holds the unique distinction of being a Fellow in all three American Colleges of OB/GYN, of Surgeons, and of Endocrinology. His colleagues select him as Top Doctor in America® annually, one among the top 5% of doctors in the U.S. In 2018, he was awarded the “Social Responsibility Award” by the National Polycystic Ovary Syndrome Association. For ten years his foundation, Fertile Dreams, organized seminars to increase fertility awareness and granted national scholarships for those unable to afford in vitro fertilization (IVF) treatment.

Dr. Trolice serves on committees for the American Society for Reproductive Medicine and the Society for Assisted Reproductive Technology as well as the editorial advisory board of Ob.Gyn.News. He has conducted scientific studies with resultant numerous publications and been appointed a reviewer in many leading medical journals and textbooks. He has lectured at numerous physician and patient seminars around the country. In addition, he is interviewed regularly on TV news/talk shows, radio, podcasts, print/online magazines and newspapers on reproductive health topics. His current book is on the Infertility journey to be published by Harvard Common Press in mid-2019.