Fertility and reproduction may not necessarily be the first things that come to a person’s mind after having received a diagnosis of cancer, but that is the time when they need this information the most.
It is estimated that 140,000 Americans under the age of 45 are diagnosed with cancer each year. With improved techniques at early diagnosis and improved treatment regimens, a large percentage of these people will become long term survivors. Unfortunately, a common result of their life saving therapy will be the inability to conceive and/or carry a pregnancy to term.
In May of 2006, the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) released guidelines on fertility preservation for cancer patients. Despite their best efforts, the University of North Carolina’s Fertility Preservation Program estimates that only one in four oncologists discuss reproductive issues with their patients before initiating treatment.
In this presentation, Dr Greene, the medical director of the Sher Institute for Reproductive Medicine in Northern California summarizes the current treatments available and describes those in development. A discussion of the obstacles to treatment is provided as well as resources for additional information.