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The Fertility Preservation (FP) Consult

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The pace of pediatric oncology moves quickly, especially at the time of a cancer diagnosis. Families are overwhelmed by the diagnosis of a life-threatening illness in a previously healthy child and they are inundated with information. Counseling a family on FP may not be an initial priority at the time of diagnosis, and, fortunately, the majority of childhood cancer survivors are not at risk for infertility [4, 20]. For those patients receiving treatment which may harm future fertility, counseling regarding the impact of treatment on fertility and preservation options prior to initiation of cancer therapy is important. For patients at risk for compromised fertility, the evidence supports a discussion regarding the risk of infertility and FP options prior to treatment initiation is extremely important [16, 19].


  • Reproductive Health
  • Fertility Preservation
  • Childhood Cancer Survivor
  • Healthcare Team
  • Fertility Preservation Option

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Lockart, B. (2017). The Fertility Preservation (FP) Consult. In: Woodruff, T., Gosiengfiao, Y. (eds) Pediatric and Adolescent Oncofertility. Springer, Cham.

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