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February 2016

Oncologists’ Role in Patient Fertility Care: A Call to Action

Author Affiliations
  • 1Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Chicago, Illinois
JAMA Oncol. 2016;2(2):171-172. doi:10.1001/jamaoncol.2015.5609

Oncofertility is a term coined just a few years ago to address the urgent, unmet needs of young cancer patients who were offered life-preserving but fertility-threatening treatments. The issue for many oncologists was not that they did not want to provide options to their patients; rather, the option list and the physician groups on the fertility side were limited. This issue has largely been addressed and the remaining barriers are few. Here are answers to the questions most frequently asked of oncologists by patients.

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