ISSN 1470-3947 (print) | ISSN 1479-6848 (online)

Endocrine Abstracts (2017) 50 PL3 | DOI: 10.1530/endoabs.50.PL3

What to watch: three breakthroughs that may change our lives in the next 10 years

Teresa Woodruff

Northwestern University, Chicago, Illinois, USA.

Facing a cancer diagnosis at any age is devastating. However, young cancer patients have the added burden that life-preserving cancer treatments, including surgery, chemotherapy, and radiotherapy, may compromise their future fertility. The possibility of reproductive dysfunction as a consequence of cancer treatment has a negative impact on the quality of life of cancer survivors. The field of oncofertility, which merges the clinical specialties of oncology and reproductive endocrinology, was developed to explore and expand fertility preservation options and to better manage the reproductive status of cancer patients. Fertility preservation for females has proved to be a particular challenge because mature female gametes are rare and difficult to acquire, but combined with cutting edge techniques and government policies, the next 10 years could hold more promise for reproductive science.

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