Oncologists Weirton WV

A diagnosis of cancer in Weirton usually means just one thing to patients: what do I have to do to get well? And while it’s true that the focus on treatment is paramount, it’s also unfortunately true that most cancer treatments can compromise one’s fertility. People in a relationship contemplating children in the near future may be more likely than singles to think of this and take action – and that can put singles at a disadvantage down the line.

Ranjan Prakash Bhandari, MD
(740) 264-5770
100 Welday Ave Ste E
Wintersville, OH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Graduation Year: 2007

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Ranjan Prakash Bhandari
(740) 264-5770
100 Welday Ave
Wintersville, OH
Specialty
Internal Medicine, Hematology / Oncology

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George Gordon McCormack, MD
(361) 884-6391
3204 Johnson Rd
Steubenville, OH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Di Roma-La Sapienza, Fac Di Med E Chirurgia, Roma, Italy
Graduation Year: 1969

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Jerome Seid
(412) 621-7778
601 Colliers Way
Weirton, WV
Specialty
Medical Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Hematology & Oncology Assoc

Gregory Stephen Merrick, MD
(304) 243-3490
1 Medical Park
Wheeling, WV
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer), Radiation Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 1985
Hospital
Hospital: Wheeling Hospital, Wheeling, Wv
Group Practice: Schiffler Oncology Ctr

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Francisco V F Lopez, MD
(626) 301-0862
200 Luray Dr
Steubenville, OH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Univ Of Santo Tomas, Fac Of Med And Surg, Manila, Philippines
Graduation Year: 1989

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Mohammad Pervaiz Rahman, MD
(740) 266-3900
3204 Johnson Rd
Steubenville, OH
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Dow Med Coll, Univ Of Karachi, Karachi, Pakistan
Graduation Year: 1985

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Tarit Kanti Dutta, MD
(724) 728-2225
2139 Brodhead Rd
Aliquippa, PA
Specialties
Radiology, Radiation Oncology, Medical Oncology
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Gauhati Med Coll, Gauhati Univ, Gauhati, Assam, India
Graduation Year: 1966

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Mohammad Rahman
(740) 266-3900
3204 Johnson Rd
Steubenville, OH
Specialty
Medical Oncology
Associated Hospitals
Oncology

Michael David Craig, MD
(304) 265-3479
RR 1 Box 312
Thornton, WV
Specialties
Oncology (Cancer)
Gender
Male
Education
Medical School: Wv Univ Sch Of Med, Morgantown Wv 26506
Graduation Year: 2000

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Fertility Issues for Singles with Cancer

Lisa Schneider for SingleEdition.com

A diagnosis of cancer usually means just one thing to patients: what do I have to do to get well? And while it’s true that the focus on treatment is paramount, it’s also unfortunately true that most cancer treatments can compromise one’s fertility.

People in a relationship contemplating children in the near future may be more likely than singles to think of this and take action – and that can put singles at a disadvantage down the line.

Because no matter what your status now, it’s important to consider the future and protect your fertility so your choices are your own.

When queried for this article, Donna Session, MD, Associate Professor at Emory University School of Medicine and an infertility specialist, was thrilled that it was coming to light. “Lack of awareness of the issues of cancer and fertility has been the most difficult issue we have,” she said. “Unfortunately, most patients hear about their options too late: they’re already on chemo when we see them. If information gets out to people earlier we can make sure they start considering options as early as possible.”

Those options vary depending on the type of cancer, the treatments undergone, and, unfortunately, the patient’s budget – treatments such as freezing a woman’s eggs can cost $10,000 a pop, and are generally not covered by insurance.

For men, of course, it’s much easier. Sperm banking has been around for decades, is quick, easy, non-invasive, and inexpensive. Unfortunately, single men with cancer often aren’t thinking about their future ability to have children. But many men do develop a strong desire to have children, and because it’s so easy, men with cancer should definitely plan to protect their fertility before they undergo cancer treatments regardless of whether they now think they want to have children someday or not.

While protecting women’s fertility during cancer treatments such as chemotherapy, radiation or surgery is often more complex, there are a number of options women should be aware of and ask about.

Freezing a woman’s eggs is an option if time and money are available. “It can take 10 days to stimulate the ovaries and collect the eggs,” says Dr. Session, “and sometimes there is pressure to start the therapy sooner.” If your oncologist is comfortable with the timeframe but the cost is prohibitive for you, patients can turn to Fertile Hope, an organization that helps defray the expense of fertility treatments for cancer patients.

Additional treatment options for women include drugs like Zoladex or Lupron, which can help minimize the risk of ovarian failure due to chemotherapy – experts theorize that the drugs shrink the ovaries and reduce blood flow to the area, so patients get less of the chemo drug to the ovaries. Dr. Session explains that overall (it varies by drug, age, etc.), the chance of ovarian failure from chemotherapy is about 50%, while on Zoladex or Lupron it goes down to 10%.

Time can also be an issue here – the drugs can also take up to 10 days to work – but unlike with egg freezing, there is a backup: An additional drug called Antagon can help them work immediately, and while it requires a daily injection, it’s non-invasive compared to egg collection and often covered by insurance.

And for patients undergoing radiation therapy anywhere near their ovaries, the ovaries can actually be transplanted out of the pelvis for the duration of the therapy and reinstated when the treatment has run its course. While it sounds radical, “The ovary actually transplants very well,” Dr. Session says.

The most important thing is to know the issue exists and that you have options. A simple conversation with your oncologist and a fertility specialist can help you get informed quickly and make a decision that could significantly improve your life down the road.

Kirsten∗, who was diagnosed with cancer when she was only 27 and single, was fortunate to get informed and have time to freeze her eggs. She admits, “It’s a lot to take in and another layer of things to schedule. It’s exhausting.” But she adds, “For an opportunity to have natural children in the future, it’s worth everything in the world.”

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