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Fertility Preservation for Young Women with Cancer: Hope for the Future

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Abstract:

Advances in the diagnosis and successful treatment of childhood, adolescent, and adult cancers have allowed many young women to lead healthy lives after overcoming their disease. However, life-saving cancer treatment often impairs fertility. Chemotherapy and/or radiation may irreversibly damage the reproductive system. The maturing field of assisted conception, and specifically cryopreservation, has created a unique partnership between oncologists and fertility specialists. Improving assisted conception success and fertility sparing strategies provide options for young women who would like to have children of their own after cancer treatment. This review article focuses on the current practices and developing opportunities for women who wish to preserve their fertility when faced with gonadotoxic cancer treatment.





Keywords: Fertility preservation; assisted conception; cancer; female; oncology; pregnancy

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.2174/157340408786848188

Publication date: November 1, 2008

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  • Current Women's Health Reviews publishes frontier reviews on all the latest advances on obstetrics and gynecology. The journal's aim is to publish the highest quality review articles dedicated to research in the field. The journal is essential reading for all clinicians and researchers in the fields of obstetrics and gynecology.

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