Fertility and Cancer—Patient, Physician, and Institutional Barriers

Gwendolyn P Quinn, Susan T Vadaparampil
2011 Oncology & Hematology Review (US)  
Loss of fertility is often a negative consequence of cancer treatments that include chemotherapy and radiation. Cancer survivors who experience infertility are at increased risk for emotional distress and reduced quality of life. Fertility preservation options are available for cancer patients of childbearing age. Many cancer patients are greatly concerned about the loss of fertility and are interested in fertility preservation. Most preservation options are available only prior to the
more » ... n of cancer treatment. Communication within this limited time-frame concerning fertility loss and fertility preservation options for newly diagnosed cancer patients is imperative. There are considerable barriers at the patient, physician, and system level that impede discussion and pursuit of fertility preservation for the newly diagnosed cancer patient. Barriers to fertility preservation include lack of physician referral, need for patient education resources, and financial costs.
doi:10.17925/ohr.2011.07.1.22 fatcat:jvo3vs2gjrewpjrfz4256abspa