IVF and Breast Cancer: Setting the Record Straight
When entertainment reporter and reality TV star Giuliana Rancic made public her breast cancer diagnosis, rumors began to swirl about whether in vitro fertilization (IVF) might have been a contributing factor.
Rancic was in the midst of her third IVF treatment when her doctor ordered her to get the mammogram that revealed early-stage breast cancer.
What about all the hype in the news about Rancic's IVF treatments causing her breast cancer?
We cannot randomize people to get pregnant or not, so we have this data available to rely on. I believe that we need to continue to follow these registries for long-term outcomes over the next several decades.
We will continue to actively evaluate the issue of IVF and breast cancer at MD Anderson.
Is there anything women can do to prevent infertility while going through treatment for breast cancer?
For women with a diagnosis of breast cancer, my message is that before you undergo your treatments, discuss with your treating physician the risks of infertility and options for fertility preservation.
What options do breast cancer patients have if they want to have children?
A diagnosis of breast cancer does not mean you have to give up your dreams of parenthood. If you are not able to conceive on your own, there are several options potentially available to you.