Fertility Communication to Cancer Patients: A Hematologist–Oncologist’s Perspective

Chapter

Abstract

As the population of cancer survivors continues to grow, it is becoming increasing imperative for hematologists and oncologists to identify and address important quality of life issues that negatively affect the well being of their patients. With the release of the American Society of Clinical Oncology guidelines on fertility preservation for cancer patients in 2006, the role of the oncologists in discussing potential infertility due to cancer treatments and fertility preservation options has been clearly defined. Despite these guidelines, to date, rates of discussion and referrals to reproductive endocrinologists have been suboptimal. Several studies have identified significant barriers to this important communication process. This chapter addresses the essential measures to relay to patients, potential barriers, and recommendations to overcome these barriers.

Keywords

Fatigue Toxicity Insurance Coverage Infertility Amenorrhea 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This work was supported by the Oncofertility Consortium NIH 5UL1DE019587 and TL1CA133837.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Hematology and OncologyMedical University of South CarolinaCharlestonUSA

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