Cancer treatments like chemotherapy and radiation can impact an individual’s ability to have biological children. The Fertility Preservation Program at UK HealthCare helps cancer patients preserve their fertility before they undergo medical treatment that might affect their ability to have children
in the future.
Also known as oncofertility, fertility preservation allows cancer patients to freeze and store healthy eggs, sperm, embryos or ovarian and testicular tissue before they undergo chemotherapy or radiation. This preservation process is called cryopreservation. Fertility
preservation also includes comprehensive reproductive care in survivorship.
The Fertility Preservation Program helps individuals who:
Fertility preservation options exist for patients including:
This is an option for post-pubertal adolescent and adult females.
This is an option for adolescent and adult females.
This is an option for all females, including girls who have not yet started puberty.
This is an option for adolescent and adult males.
This is an option for pre-pubertal males and some adolescent and adult males
Cancer survivors should be evaluated for reproductive concerns in survivorship. For more information, please visit
The Oncofertility Consortium.
Procedures to preserve fertility can be costly. We will work with you to pursue coverage by your insurance carrier when possible prior to any treatment. Our office also partners with several organizations to help arrange services at a reduced cost if your insurance carrier does not cover
Options for patients with cancer
Leslie Appiah, MD
For more information or to schedule a consultation, call 859-218-4431.
Markey Cancer CenterWhitney Hendrickson Building800 Rose StreetLexington, KY
Pediatric Subspecialty ClinicKentucky Clinic, 2nd floor740 S. LimestoneLexington, KY