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Fertility after chemotherapy

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Sacco JJ, O’Reilly SM
Foundation Years Journal, volume 6, issue 9, p.38 (123Doc Education, London, October 2012)


A significant proportion of patients who undergo chemotherapy for cancer become infertile as a result. Following substantial improvements in the management of several solid tumour types, increasing numbers of patients are surviving cancer and chemotherapy. The average age at which people start their families is also increasing, and both factors have led to greater numbers of patients facing chemotherapy related infertility, and the associated social and psychological stress. Here we present two illustrative cases, one involving a woman undergoing adjuvant chemotherapy for breast cancer, and the second a man undergoing chemotherapy for testicular cancer. We will discuss the salient points raised by each case, and in particular, the options currently available for fertility preservation.

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Sacco JJ

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
Clatterbridge Road
CH63 4JY

O’Reilly SM

Clatterbridge Cancer Centre
Clatterbridge Road
CH63 4JY


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