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Oncofertility in the Northeast: A Newcastle University PhD Study

by Alexis Paton, Policy Ethics & Life Sciences Research Center, Newcastle University, UK

As our awareness of the long term effects of cancer treatment on patients grows, so does our understanding of the needs of cancer survivors. Oncofertility is a relatively new field of medicine that is concerned with both cancer treatment and fertility preservation for cancer patients.  As cancer survivorship increases it has become increasingly more important to consider both effective treatment and life after cancer for patients when designing treatment plans.  Many cancer treatments can have lasting negative effects on a patient’s fertility, which in turn may be difficult for survivors to cope with. For these reasons medical professionals have started to consider fertility concerns alongside cancer treatment, moving the preservation of fertility out of the realm of ‘after-thought’ and into the here and now of patient treatment.

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