Cancer genetic testing and assisted reproduction

Kenneth Offit, Kelly Kohut, Bartholt Clagett, Eve A. Wadsworth, Kelly J. Lafaro, Shelly Cummings, Melody White, Michal Sagi, Donna Bernstein, Jessica G. Davis

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Purpose: Because of increasing uptake of cancer genetic testing and the improving survival of young patients with cancer, health care practitioners including oncologists will increasingly be asked about options for assisted reproduction by members of families affected by hereditary cancer syndromes. Among these reproductive options, preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) offers the opportunity to select embryos without familial cancer-predisposing mutations. Methods: A review of the published literature supplemented by a survey of PGD centers in the United States. Results: Prenatal diagnosis and/or embryo selection after genetic testing has already been performed in the context of more than a dozen familial cancer syndromes, including the common syndromes of genetic predisposition to colon and breast cancer. Conclusion: While constituting new reproductive options for families affected by cancer, the medical indications and ethical acceptance of assisted reproductive technologies for adult-onset cancer predisposition syndromes remain to be defined. Continued discussion of the role of PGD in the reproductive setting is needed to inform the responsible use of these technologies to decrease the burden of heritable cancers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)4775-4782
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of Clinical Oncology
Issue number29
StatePublished - Oct 10 2006
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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    Offit, K., Kohut, K., Clagett, B., Wadsworth, E. A., Lafaro, K. J., Cummings, S., White, M., Sagi, M., Bernstein, D., & Davis, J. G. (2006). Cancer genetic testing and assisted reproduction. Journal of Clinical Oncology, 24(29), 4775-4782.