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Infertile patients cannot afford to wait for treatment while their eggs get older.

Dr. Sherman Silber, Infertility Center of St. Louis, is offering video consultations for patients who need to plan now for their treatment while stay-at-home orders are in place. He is talking to and evaluating patients in their home to comply with social distancing measures.

Dr. Silber is discovering that patients actually prefer this method of telemedicine consultation over the conventional office visit. Patients have conveyed that “it is so much more convenient and less stressful” to have a telemedicine personal consultation than to take a day off from work to travel to the doctor’s office and sit with other nervous patients in the waiting room.

The COVID-19 pandemic is thus changing much of the way we will do things in the future, and for the better. “Our patients are surprisingly much happier with this approach. Of course, at some point we need to perform hands on treatment. But with this new manner of seeing patients, we can come to the right diagnosis and treatment plan for most patients more efficiently, quickly, and painlessly, with no loss of personal one-on-one communication.” This is a very welcome new era of telemedicine that has been forced on us by the current difficult times.

Amy Tucker gives birth following ovary freezing and transplantation

KSDK Channel 5, July 16, 2010

ksdk-logoAmy Tucker, of Columbia, Illinois, became the first cancer survivor in the United States to give birth [watch news video] thanks to fertility preservation procedures performed by a doctor at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield.

Tucker was 19 years old when she was diagnosed with cancer and told she could never have children. She was treated with chemotherapy and her cancer was cured, but she soon relapsed, needing more sterilizing treatment for the cancer.

A healthcare provider told Tucker about Dr. Sherman Silber, director of the Infertility Center of St. Louis at St. Luke’s Hospital in Chesterfield. Dr. Silber had been leading the way in fertility preservation for woman in these situations.



Amy and Grant Tucker

Tucker decided to have Dr. Silber remove and freeze one of her ovaries in hopes that she would be able to have children once her cancer was gone.

Tucker was cured of cancer and has been in remission since 2001. In January 2009, she returned to Dr. Silber and he transplanted her ovarian tissues that were frozen more than a decade earlier.

The surgery was successful [watch news video], and on May 27, 2010, Tucker gave birth to a healthy baby boy, Grant Patrick Tucker.

Tucker is one of a couple dozen women worldwide who have chosen ovary freezing to protect them from the sterilizing effects of cancer treatmen


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