Oncofertility pp 195-208 | Cite as

Ethical Dilemmas in Oncofertility: An Exploration of Three Clinical Scenarios

  • Clarisa R. Gracia
  • Jorge J.E. Gracia
  • Shasha Chen
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 156)


As an emerging interdisciplinary field, oncofertility bridges oncology, reproductive endocrinology, and infertility with the goal of expanding reproductive options for women with cancer. Oncofertility is currently gaining significant attention from professionals in many related fields and is undergoing considerable scrutiny in part because of the many compelling ethical dilemmas it raises. To illustrate some of the dilemmas providers face, and make suggestions for clinical care, this chapter presents three clinical scenarios encountered in medical practice. An increased awareness of the complex problems involved should help prepare clinicians for some of the challenges posed by this rapidly expanding discipline.


Ethical Dilemma Virtue Ethic Fertility Preservation Premature Ovarian Failure Mixed Connective Tissue Disease 



This research was supported by the Oncofertility Consortium NIH 8UL1DE019587, 5RL1HD058296.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Clarisa R. Gracia
    • 1
  • Jorge J.E. Gracia
    • 2
  • Shasha Chen
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and InfertilityUniversity of PennsylvaniaPhiladelphiaUSA
  2. 2.Department of PhilosophyUniversity at BuffaloBuffaloUSA
  3. 3.Haverford CollegeHaverfordUSA

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