Oncofertility pp 461-466 | Cite as

Discussing Fertility Preservation with Breast Cancer Patients

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Part of the Cancer Treatment and Research book series (CTAR, volume 156)

Abstract

Approximately 180,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. Of these patients, over 16,000 are younger than age 45 [1]. Receiving a diagnosis of breast cancer is difficult regardless of the patient’s age. Simultaneously, the impact of this diagnosis for younger premenopausal patients may be particularly traumatic as the implications of the diagnosis may have an added morbidity of fertility loss. Navigating the issue of fertility in the midst of a new cancer diagnosis is complex for both the patient and the physician.

Keywords

Estrogen Tamoxifen Progesterone Versed Herceptin 

Notes

Acknowledgments

This research was supported by the oncofertility consortium NIH 8UL1DE019587, 5RL1HD058296.

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of SurgeryRobert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center, Northwestern University Feinberg School of MedicineChicagoUSA

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