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  • Online publication date: March 2020

Chapter 10 - Medical and Elective Fertility Preservation: Options and Suggestions for a Patient-Centered Approach

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Fertility preservation (FP) has become a specialized branch of reproductive medicine aimed at preserving the potential for future genetic parenthood for young adults, or even children, at risk of sterility before undergoing cancer treatment. Thanks to more refined chemotherapy and radiotherapy protocols, the five-year survival rates for many cancers have steadily increased; e.g., survivorship for Hodgkin’s lymphoma went from 86% to 98% and for breast cancer from 78% to 91% in the last 25 years.

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