Today's Research, Tomorrows Cures: The Ethical Implications of Oncofertility

  • Leilah E. Backhus
  • Laurie Zoloth
Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 138)

In contemporary society, translational medical research is the name of hope itself. For many, advances in modern medicine can be seen as a steady progression of science over dreadful and intractable illnesses, especially illness of children and young adults. Advances in the creation of families and protection of children have most clearly marked medicine’s success. Yet every scientific discovery and medical advance carries with it the inevitable dilemmas of choice and power. This chapter will look carefully at the effect on treatment when two trajectories of translational research converge to form a new field of inquiry—the field of oncofertility—and explore the ethical and social implications of the power that such research will create.


Ovarian Tissue Stem Cell Research Fertility Preservation Ethical Implication Premature Ovarian Failure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Leilah E. Backhus
    • 1
  • Laurie Zoloth
    • 2
  1. 1.University of ChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Northwestern UniversityChicagoUSA

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