The effects of chemotherapy and radiotherapy on fertility in premenopausal women.

Roni Fleischer, Beverley Vollenhoven, Gareth Weston

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Abstract

With the improved survival rate of childhood and young adult cancer patients, the long-term sequelae of the treatments used are increasingly important. In this review, current knowledge of the gonadotoxicity of commonly employed chemotherapeutic agents and radiotherapy regimens is examined. Differences between the effect of a??high-riska?? and a??low-riska?? agents are discussed. Tailoring treatment to suit the individual and counseling patients regarding reduced fertility have resulted in the best practice. Target Audience: Obstetricians Gynecologists, Family Physicians. Learning Objectives: After completing this CME activity, physicians should be better able to evaluate and use appropriate methods to estimate ovarian reserve, assess the risk of infertility caused by commonly used cytotoxic chemotherapy regimens and radiation, and counsel patients regarding the gonadotoxic effects of cancer treatment.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)248 - 254
Number of pages7
JournalObstetrical and Gynecological Survey
Volume66
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2011

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