Fertility Preservation in Gynecologic Cancer

Deborah Ann Holman
Seminars in Oncology Nursing 2019 March 11

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.

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