Ethical, moral and other aspects related to fertility preservation in cancer patients

JBRA Assist Reprod. 2017 Feb 1;21(1):45-48. doi: 10.5935/1518-0557.20170011.


Post-treatment fertility emerges as an important issue in the early counseling of individuals with cancer, since survivors may have their quality of life affected by the occurrence of functional failure of the gonads because of antineoplastic therapies. In the context, oncofertility has been developed as an interdisciplinary field of study that combines expertise in reproductive medicine and oncology, to provide strategies aiming to maintain the possibility of future procreation. Today, we have many options and techniques available for the preservation of gametes in men and women. Some of them are already considered well established and used in routine, but ethical and moral issues on the subject still need to be debated.

Keywords: Oncofertility; bioethics; cancer; cryopreservation; ethics; fertility preservation.

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Fertility Preservation / ethics*
  • Fertility Preservation / methods
  • Fertility Preservation / trends
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neoplasms*