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Semin Oncol Nurs. 2019 Mar 11. pii: S0749-2081(19)30018-X. doi: 10.1016/j.soncn.2019.02.007. [Epub ahead of print]

Fertility Preservation in Gynecologic Cancer.

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Women's Health Nurse Practitioner, Oncofertility Program, Department of Gynecologic Oncology and Reproductive Medicine, University of Texas M D Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, TX. Electronic address: daholman@mdanderson.org.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To review current conservative fertility-sparing options for patients undergoing surgical and medical management of cervical, endometrial, and ovarian cancers. Standard and investigational fertility preservation alternatives using assisted reproductive technologies are described.

DATA SOURCES:

A review of articles dated 2006-2018 from PubMed.

CONCLUSION:

While a frequently reported concern among female cancer survivors of childbearing potential, fertility preservation education and procedures continue to be an unmet need for this population.

IMPLICATION FOR NURSING PRACTICE:

Knowledge of current fertility-sparing options is imperative for nurses to ensure fertility preservation is introduced early, and often, into education for patients from diagnosis, through treatment, and in survivorship.

KEYWORDS:

fertility preservation; fertility-sparing cancer treatment; gynecologic cancer; ovarian reserve; pregnancy after cancer

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