Creating a continuum of care: Integrating obstetricians and gynecologists in the care of young cancer patients

Betty Y. Kong, Robin M. Skory, Teresa K. Woodruff*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Abstract

Cancer therapy can be lifesaving but significantly diminish female reproductive potential. This review provides an overview of the deleterious effects of cancer treatments on reproductive function, the fertility preservation options currently available for young women, and the outcomes of pregnancy after cancer treatment. In addition, special considerations for women who are diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy are discussed. To optimize the continuum of care for the patient, new corridors of communication between obstetricians, gynecologists, and oncology specialists must be developed to ensure the best outcomes for the patient, both in terms of cancer treatment and fertility preservation.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-632
Number of pages14
JournalClinical Obstetrics and Gynecology
Volume54
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2011

Keywords

  • cancer
  • fertility preservation
  • gynecology
  • obstetrics
  • oncofertility
  • pregnancy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Obstetrics and Gynecology

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