Fertility preservation: A key survivorship issue for young women with cancer

Ana Milena Angarita, Cynae A. Johnson, Amanda Nickles Fader, Mindy S. Christianson

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Abstract

Fertility preservation in the young cancer survivor is recognized as a key survivorship issue by the American Society of Clinical Oncology and the American Society of Reproductive Medicine. Thus, health-care providers should inform women about the effects of cancer therapy on fertility and should discuss the different fertility preservation options available. It is also recommended to refer women expeditiously to a fertility specialist in order to improve counseling. Women's age, diagnosis, presence of male partner, time available, and preferences regarding use of donor sperm influence the selection of the appropriate fertility preservation option. Embryo and oocyte cryopreservation are the standard techniques used while ovarian tissue cryopreservation is new, yet promising. Despite the importance of fertility preservation for cancer survivors' quality of life, there are still communication and financial barriers faced by women who wish to pursue fertility preservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number102
JournalFrontiers in Oncology
Volume6
Issue numberAPR
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016

Keywords

  • Cancer survivorship
  • Counseling
  • Cryopreservation
  • Fertility preservation
  • Fertility sparing surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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