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Obstetrical & Gynecological Survey:
doi: 10.1097/OGX.0b013e31829d460d
CME Articles: Oncofertility in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Oncofertility: An Emerging Discipline in Obstetrics and Gynecology

Lange, Sara MD*; Tait, David MD; Matthews, Michelle MD

Continued Medical Education
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Abstract

Oncofertility is an exciting new interdisciplinary field that encompasses the obstetrician gynecologist, gynecologic oncologist, reproductive endocrinologist, and primary care physician in a common goal to provide fertility preservation options for cancer patients. Maintaining their fertility is of the upmost importance for many oncology patients diagnosed during their childbearing years. This review addresses the common types of cancers in reproductive-age patients and how the treatment of these cancers may impact reproductive potential. Fertility preservation treatments will also be discussed to assist health care providers in appropriately counseling patients about options after a diagnosis of cancer. The goal of oncofertility is to provide both physicians and patients with the knowledge and resources to make fertility an ongoing opportunity for all patients who desire a future with children.

Target Audience: Obstetricians and gynecologists, medical/surgical oncologists, family physicians

Learning Objectives: After completing this CME activity, physicians should be better able to manage patients with gynecological cancers, evaluate the impact of cancer treatment on fertility, and counsel patients regarding potential fertility-sparing treatment options.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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