Fertility Preservation in Breast Cancer

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Abstract

As more young women survive breast cancer, fertility preservation (FP) is an important component of care. This review highlights the importance of early pretreatment referral, reviews the risks of infertility associated with breast cancer treatment, and defines existing and emerging techniques for FP. The techniques reviewed include ovarian suppression, embryo cryopreservation, oocyte cryopreservation, and ovarian tissue cryopreservation and transplantation. The barriers women face, such as not being appropriately referred and the costs of treatment, also are addressed. Multidisciplinary, patient-centered care is essential to discussing FP with patients with breast cancer and ensuring appropriate care that includes quality of life in survivorship.

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