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July 13, 2011

Discussing Fertility Preservation Options With Patients With Cancer

Author Affiliations

Author Affiliations: Department of Sociology, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois (Dr Snyder); and Rosalind Franklin University, North Chicago, Illinois (Mr Pearse).

JAMA. 2011;306(2):202-203. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.973

In June 2006, the American Society of Clinical Oncology published a series of recommendations on fertility preservation for patients with cancer, concluding that “To preserve the full range of options, fertility preservation, approaches should be considered as early as possible during treatment planning.”1 These guidelines reflect the greater attention that has been given in recent years to the fertility complications that can occur as a result of cancer treatment (eg, chemotherapies and radiation). Other professional and collaborative societies, including the Oncofertility Consortium, Fertile Hope, the American Academy of Pediatrics, and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine,2 also have developed best-practice guidelines and educational resources to provide patients and physicians with the most recent research on fertility preservation treatments.

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