Oncofertility Fertility Preservation for Cancer Survivors

Volume 138 of the series Cancer Treatment and Research pp 235-239

Oncofertility Consortium Consensus Statement: Guidelines for Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation

  • Leilah E. BackhusAffiliated withUniversity of Chicago
  • , Laxmi A. KondapalliAffiliated withNorthwestern University
  • , R. Jeffrey ChangAffiliated withUniversity of California
  • , Christos Coutifaris
  • , Ralph KazerAffiliated withNorthwestern University
  • , Teresa K. WoodruffAffiliated withInstitute for Women's Health Research, Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

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In vitro fertilization (IVF) and storage of the resulting embryos is currently a proven method of fertility preservation for women who face an immediate threat to their future fertility. This method, however, is suitable for a fraction of patients and depends on a number of factors that may include her diagnosis, age, partner status, willingness to accept donor sperm, desire to freeze embryos, and ability to pay for these services. As fertility preservation techniques evolve, it is critical that physicians continue to evaluate practice guidelines in order to offer a wider menu of fertility preservation options tailored to each patient’s specific clinical scenario, to the risk-benefit ratio and takes into consideration the patient’s values.