Building oncofertility core competency in developing countries: Experience from Egypt, Tunisia, Brazil, Peru, and Panama

Mahmoud Salama, Lauren Ataman, Tamer Taha, Osama Azmy, Marouen Braham, Fatma Douik, Mohamed Khrouf, Jhenifer Kliemchen Rodrigues, Fernando M. Reis, Flor Sánchez, Sergio Romero, Mario Vega, Teresa K. Woodruff*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Purpose: Little is known about oncofertility practice in developing countries that usually suffer from a shortage of health services, especially those related to cancer care. Materials and Methods: To learn more about oncofertility practice in developing countries, we generated a survey to explore the barriers and opportunities associated with oncofertility practice in five developing countries from Africa and Latin America within our Oncofertility Consortium Global Partners Network. Responses from Egypt, Tunisia, Brazil, Peru, and Panama were collected, reviewed, and discussed. Results: Common barriers were identified by each country, including financial barriers (lack of insurance coverage and high out-of-pocket costs for patients), lack of awareness among providers and patients, cultural and religious constraints, and lack of funding to help to support oncofertility programs. Conclusion: Despite barriers to care, many opportunities exist to grow the field of oncofertility in these five developing countries. It is important to continue to engage stakeholders in developing countries and use powerful networks in the United States and other developed countries to aid in the acceptance of oncofertility on a global level.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalJournal of Global Oncology
Volume2018
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Oncology
  • Cancer Research

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