PDF icon Creating a Continuum of Care: Integrating Obstetricians and Gynecologists in the Care of Young Cancer Patients

Kong, BY, Skory RM, Woodruff TK. Clinical Obstetrics and Gynecology; Issue: Volume 54(4), December 2011, p 619–632.

 

Abstract

Cancer therapy can be lifesaving but significantly diminish female reproductive potential. This review provides an overview of the deleterious effects of cancer treatments on reproductive function, the fertility preservation options currently available for young women, and the outcomes of pregnancy after cancer treatment. In addition, special considerations for women who are diagnosed with cancer during pregnancy are discussed. To optimize the continuum of care for the patient, new corridors of communication between obstetricians, gynecologists, and oncology specialists must be developed to ensure the best outcomes for the patient, both in terms of cancer treatment and fertility preservation.