Creating a continuum of care: integrating obstetricians and gynecologists in the care of young cancer patients

Clin Obstet Gynecol. 2011 Dec;54(4):619-32. doi: 10.1097/GRF.0b013e318236ea2c.


Cancer therapy can be lifesaving but significantly diminish female reproductive potential. This review provides an overview of the deleterious effects of cancer treatments on reproductive function, the fertility preservation options currently available for young women, and the outcomes of pregnancy after cancer treatment. In addition, special considerations for women who are diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy are discussed. To optimize the continuum of care for the patient, new corridors of communication between obstetricians, gynecologists, and oncology specialists must be developed to ensure the best outcomes for the patient, both in terms of cancer treatment and fertility preservation.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects
  • Continuity of Patient Care*
  • Female
  • Fertility / drug effects*
  • Fertility / radiation effects*
  • Fertility Preservation*
  • Gynecology
  • Humans
  • Interdisciplinary Communication
  • Medical Oncology
  • Obstetrics
  • Pregnancy
  • Pregnancy Complications, Neoplastic / therapy*
  • Reproductive Medicine


  • Antineoplastic Agents