Ten young people under the age of 25 are diagnosed with cancer every day. Eight will be cured; one of these eight will become infertile as a result of their treatment and will not be able to have their own children.
The Future Fertility Trust can help these young people by providing expert care and support to enable them to access the best possible fertility advice and treatment to help them preserve their fertility.
The Future Fertility Trust was set up by a team of doctors, researchers and tissue bank specialists from the University of Oxford and the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. It is dedicated to helping young people at risk of infertility gain access to expert care and advice. We offer a comprehensive tissue cryopreservation service for girls and boys alongside a dynamic research programme. We are the only Charitable Trust Fund in England dedicated to providing specific help to children and young adults at risk of infertility.
The Team at Oxford have been granted licences by the Human Tissue Authority and Human Fertility and Embryology Authority to collect, store and re-implant ovarian and testicular tissue.
We have already helped over 60 young people store tissue and benefit from our expertise but we need to help even more young people who face infertility – with your help this will be possible.
We are a dynamic multidisciplinary team of clinicians, scientists and allied health professionals working together to provide a comprehensive, cutting edge fertility preservation programme for children and young adults.
We offer a comprehensive ovarian and testicular tissue cryopreservation service for young people who are not eligible for standard fertility preservation treatment. The clinical service is embedded in an active research programme. We are happy to be involved with patients throughout their treatment pathway. We see and advise patients from the earliest possible point and give advice on appropriate fertility preservation options, before, during and after chemotherapy and radiotherapy treatment.
Finding out that you or your child has a life threatening illness is devastating. To then discover that the treatment required could cause infertility can be overwhelming. Discovering that there is treatment that can help you to preserve fertility gives hope. We have lots of resources to help you understand our fertility preservation programme and hearing the stories that have gone through the process before you can be reassuring.
Ovarian tissue cryopreservation programmes have been running in a number of large centres around the world for at least 15 years. Published data on successful pregnancy rates for this technology is very encouraging, with over 50 births recorded from cryopreserved ovarian tissue around the world. We also will share recent research if you are interested in reading more detail.
Whether you are a patient, parent or a practitioner, this section has plenty of helpful information for you to reference.
If you are worried that you or your child is at risk of infertility due to illness or treatment you should discuss this with your doctor. We have produced some information leaflets that explain the treatment options that you may wish to consider.
Referrals will be accepted from medical practitioners looking after children and young people who, due to treatment, are at risk of premature infertility.
If you have further questions or would like more details, please contact us.
It is devastating to be told you have cancer and it is hard to think beyond the diagnosis. It important however to consider the future as over 80% of young cancer patients now survive. I in 8 young adults who survive their treatment will have to come to terms with being infertile, often at a very young age. It is important that everyone has the opportunity to access expert help and advice. Please help us to provide this support and care for young people facing chemotherapy/radiotherapy.
This work is not funded by the NHS. We rely upon your help to be able to continue to be able to give expert help and advice.