Oncofertility pp 429-445 | Cite as

Whose Future Is It? Ethical Family Decision Making About Daughters’ Treatment in the Oncofertility Context

  • Kathleen M. GalvinEmail author
  • Marla L. Clayman
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 156)


In cases of fertility-threatening cancer treatments, the choice whether or not to undergo fertility preservation treatment before cancer treatment begins represents a high-stakes, time-sensitive, emotionally charged, nested decision [1]. The choice is life altering and, although presumably a discrete decision, the fertility preservation decision serves as an outcome of a very recent challenging decision to pursue fertility-threatening cancer treatments. Patients and their family members will experience the dual impact of these linked treatment-related decisions for years to come. For many patients, family members play significant roles in treatment-related decision making. However, if the patient has not reached the age of legal majority, family members play additional roles in the decision-making processes.


Cancer Survivor Healthcare Provider Fertility Preservation Pediatric Cancer Family Communication 
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This research was supported by the Oncofertility Consortium NIH 8UL1DE019587, 5RL1HD058296. Dr. Clayman is supported by Award Number K12HD055884 from NICHD.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Communication StudiesNorthwestern UniversityEvanstonUSA
  2. 2.Division of General Internal MedicineRobert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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