Fertility preservation for children treated for cancer (1): scientific advances and research dilemmas

Grundy, R.; Gosden, R. G.; Hewitt, M.; Larcher, V.; Leiper, A.; Spoudeas, H. A.; Walker, D.; Wallace, W. H. B.
April 2001
Archives of Disease in Childhood;Apr2001, Vol. 84 Issue 4, p355
Academic Journal
Most children treated for cancer can now expect to be cured and to be fertile. However, in a significant minority, future fertility may be compromised by their disease or its treatment. Although the primary objective of treating cancer is cure, this should be seen in the context of promoting and protecting the child's overall well-being. Infertility may have significant psychological consequences in adulthood, and strategies aimed at ameliorating this "cost of cure" provide new challenges to professionals in many different disciplines.


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