New Australian fertility clinic offers fertility hope to child cancer sufferers

Imagine having to think about your options to have children at the tender age of 12 – impossible right? It is difficult dealing with it in your adult years

But that’s the dilemma that many children who are suffering with cancer have to face as part of their treatment.

And for the parents of those children it is something that is being welcomed and encouraged.

Emily Smethills was diagnosed with a tumour in her hip last year and had to make a decision with her parents to preserve her fertility, according to Australian news programme, 7News.

Her mother, Narelle, said: “We need to give her every opportunity in the world in the future to have a family herself.”

So, they decided to have a section of her ovarian tissue and freeze it for her future fertility.

Emily said: “At the time it was sad, but it was also good because I had people with me throughout it all.”

The procedure was able to happen all thanks to a new state wide fertility research centre, the first of its kind in Australia, to offer people with cancer the chance to have a family.

The research centre is based at the Royal Hospital for Women in Sydney and is headed up by Professor William Ledger, who said: “Cancer patients diagnosed at Sydney’s Children’s or Prince of Wales Hospital can now speak with doctors about fertility preservation the very same say they are told they need chemotherapy.”

The New South Wales Government announced earlier this year an investment package of A$42 million to improve access to fertility services.

Minister for health and medical research Brad Hazzard said: “This centre will provide first class fertility preservation services, giving people with a cancer diagnosis or rare genetic conditions the chance to make future plans for children a reality.”

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