Preserving Fertility for Young Women With Cancer

August 28, 2018
Claire Smith, ASCO staff

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Many treatments for cancer can temporarily or permanently affect a woman’s fertility, which is the ability to become pregnant. However, there are existing and emerging techniques that can be used to preserve a patient’s ability to have children.

In this podcast, Karen Lisa Smith, MD, MPH, discusses current methods of fertility preservation and their risks and benefits.share on twitter Women who wish to become pregnant in the future should talk to their doctors, including a fertility specialist, before beginning cancer treatment. 

  • How can cancer treatment affect a woman’s ability to become pregnant? [2:29]

  • What are some current techniques used to help a woman preserve her fertility before beginning cancer treatment? [3:47]

  • What are some new techniques for preserving fertility when treatment cannot be delayed? [6:35]

Dr. Smith is a medical oncologist at the Kimmel Cancer Center at Sibley Memorial Hospital and assistant professor of oncology at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine.

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