Ethical Issues in Pediatric and Adolescent Fertility Preservation
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According to recent estimates, there are more than 270,000 survivors of pediatric cancer and long-term survivorship for pediatric cancer is around 80 % . Given the large number of survivors as well as the high survivorship rate, coupled with the fact that pediatric cancer survivors typically have a full lifetime ahead of them, it is increasingly important to examine their quality of life issues. Our goal in this chapter is to highlight some of the ethical issues that arise in the context of fertility preservation for pediatric cancer patients and survivors. Specifically, we explore assent/consent, best interest standard, parental and provider pressure, cost and insurance coverage, and experimental treatment.
KeywordsAssisted Reproductive Technology Fertility Preservation Pediatric Cancer Pediatric Cancer Patient Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation
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