Young women who have
had successful cancer treatment want more information to be available to them
about the potential risks to their future fertility.
A study published in
Springer's Journal of Cancer Survivorship found that as treatment improves and
more adolescents and young people of a child bearing-age are surviving the
disease, the issue of fertility is becoming a significant one.
According to the research, cancer survivors are less likely to have children
than people of the same age who have never had the illness.
Scientists found that women wanted more control over their fertility and better
continuity of care.
"These young women would benefit from improved information regarding their
options, through discussions initiated by their healthcare providers,"
said the author of the report Jessica Gorman.
Macmillan states that each of the main types of cancer treatment -
chemotherapy, radiotherapy, surgery and hormonal therapy - all affect fertility
in different ways.
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Infertility treatment news : 13 January 2012