Infertility is a common consequence of treatment for pediatric malignancies, often caused by exposure to alkylating agents as well as radiation therapy. As cure rates for pediatric cancer have continued to improve, more children are surviving well into their reproductive years. Our Cancer Survivorship Program has developed a novel Fertility Preservation Program to improve our approach to fertility preservation at diagnosis. We are diligent in identifying and counseling all males and females at risk for infertility. We are also able to offer options for both pre-pubertal and pubertal males and females facing gonadotoxic therapies. This lecture will review cancer therapies that pose a risk to our patients’ fertility and we will describe our novel fertility preservation program that offers standard options as well as emerging investigation options in our young patients.
- Identify cancer therapies associated with an increase risk for future infertility in pediatric and adolescent patients
- Review current standard clinical care options for fertility preservation in males and females
- Discuss emerging investigational options for fertility preservation in males and females
This seminar focuses on oncology and was delivered at a virtual event titled, “Advances in Fertility Preservation for Pediatric and Adolescent Cancer Patients,” on March 23, 2022.
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