The Province & Vancouver Desi: Vancouver fertility centre helps those facing cancer treatment still have babies

White Rock resident Anna Kashani has an amazing story to tell. At the age of 29, she was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. Although receiving the news of cancer was painful, being told that she had no time for fertility preservation was unbearable.

We were honoured to be able to help Anna and her fiancé Marlon Azurdia by increasing her chances of conceiving in the future. Anna had nine embryos frozen at our clinic before receiving her first dose of chemotherapy treatment last month.

To learn more about Anna’s compelling story, the emotional impact of infertility on Canadians and Canadian immigrants, as well as detailed information about egg freezing, please click here to view The Province and Vancouver Desi article and video.

Dr. Sonya Kashyap, medical director of Genesis Fertility Centre, explains how egg freezing works (Source: The Province & Vancouver Desi)

Dr. Sonya Kashyap, medical director of Genesis Fertility Centre, explains how egg freezing works (Source: The Province & Vancouver Desi)

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Meet Us Mondays: Lori Williams, RN, Nurse Manager & In-Charge of Sperm Retrieval Program

 

Lori Williams, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre in Vancouver

Lori Williams, RN, Genesis Fertility Centre

The Genesis family has many touching and compelling stories to tell, but Lori Williams, a registered nurse, nurse manager and in-charge of the Sperm Retrieval Program at our clinic, has a special and personal one to share. Her struggles with her husband’s cancer is one that parallels many of our patients.

Lori’s personal experiences and strength translates into her dedication to help patients at our clinic. We hope that you will find her path to Genesis an inspirational tale.

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Hi! My name is Lori and I work as a Registered Nurse at the Genesis Fertility Centre.  Prior to working at Genesis, I worked for more than ten years at Vancouver General Hospital – first as a vascular/general surgery nurse then as a critical care nurse in the Post Anesthetic Care Unit.

I love my job and I truly believe it has helped shape me into the person I am now.  It is one of the few careers that give you intimate access to extraordinary stories of others’ personal lives. I have met World War II heroes, inventors, survivors of unimaginable circumstances as well as star-crossed lovers.

My career has also exposed me to the varying limits of human capacity and has taught me that regardless of age, race or status, no one is exempt from life’s curve balls.

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Infertility Does Not Discriminate; Why Should We?

By: Dr. Sonya Kashyap

Evelina Zachariou, Infertility Does Not Discriminate; Why Should We?

Infertility Does Not Discriminate; Why Should We? (Photo Credit: Evelina Zachariou; Flickr)

The comments published on May 12’s edition of the National Post with regards to “Pregnancy is a want, not a need,” were very disheartening to read. I understand that the opinions in the article are not meant to be hurtful, but as a fertility doctor, I would like to bring to light that infertility is not a choice, much like many other medical conditions that public health care treats on a regular basis.

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Vancouver Sun: Egg freezing a viable option for women who choose to have children later in life

The staff at our fertility clinic are avid supporters of individuals and couples having children when they think they are ready. As Canadian Infertility Awareness Week approaches at the end of May (24-31), there’s no better time than now to consult with your family doctor about options for maintaining and extending your fertility.

One option of extending your fertility is to have your eggs frozen.

Our medical director, Dr. Sonya Kashyap, wrote an opinion piece in the Vancouver Sun explaining why people should consider egg freezing as an option should they choose to have children later in life.

Dr. Sonya Kashyap, Medical Director, Genesis Fertility Centre

Vancouver Sun: Opinion: Egg freezing a viable option for women who chose to have children later in life.

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