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. 2017 Mar;144(3):631-636.
doi: 10.1016/j.ygyno.2016.12.013. Epub 2016 Dec 21.

Oncofertility for Women With Gynecologic Malignancies

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Oncofertility for Women With Gynecologic Malignancies

Jessica L Chan et al. Gynecol Oncol. .

Abstract

The emerging field of oncofertility addresses fertility and the reproductive health needs for cancer patients, a key topic in cancer survivorship. Given that the standard treatment for gynecologic malignancies involves removal of reproductive organs, pelvic radiation, or chemotherapy, the effect of such treatment on fertility and options for fertility preservation are even more relevant than for other malignancies. In young women with new diagnoses of cervical, endometrial, or ovarian cancers, viable strategies for fertility preservation without compromising oncological outcome exist and should be considered. We present here a comprehensive review of the literature as it pertains to gynecologic malignancies on 1) the effects of radiation and chemotherapy on fertility, 2) fertility-sparing surgeries and the role of assisted reproductive technology, and 3) fertility preservation in adolescent girls and women with BRCA germline mutations.

Keywords: Fertility preservation; Oncofertility.

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