Oncofertility pp 181-186 | Cite as

The Lessons of Oncofertility for Assisted Reproduction

  • Adrienne Asch
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 156)


Young children, adolescents, and men and women in their prime reproductive years may now survive for decades after cancer. They and their families celebrate these medical advances and hope that after cancer treatment ends, they can resume what Kathlyn Conway described as “ordinary life” [1]. When patients and their families learn that the treatments for some cancers can impair their fertility, they may feel that they will not be able to look forward to that ordinary life. No wonder, then, that many adult patients and parents of adolescents will rejoice at the medical and scientific developments that someday might permit them to have their own genetic children.


Spinal Cord Injury Cancer Survivor Child Relationship Health Insurance Coverage Fertility Preservation 
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This research was supported by the oncofertility consortium NIH 8UL1DE019587, 5RL1HD058296.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Albert Einstein College of MedicineThe Center for Ethics at Yeshiva University, Yeshiva UniversityNew YorkUSA

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