Managing the fertility preservation process
Effectively protecting or preserving reproductive capacity in young people with cancer requires a coordinated and multidisciplinary effort, with timely and appropriate communication between all key stakeholders of paramount importance. In particular, the patient’s oncologist and cancer treatment team and the fertility specialist/team need to work collaboratively and use evidence-based criteria, wherever possible, to inform the decision making process.
Key stakeholders in the fertility preservation process may include, but are not limited to: the patient, their parents, partner and/or friends, their support network, the cancer treatment team, the assisted reproduction clinic, the local physician, the regional hospital, surgeons, scientists, ethicists, and the hospital board or ethics committees.
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