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Strategies for fertility preservation after chemotherapy: awareness among Irish cancer specialists

Collins, Ian, Fay, L and Kennedy, MJ 2011, Strategies for fertility preservation after chemotherapy: awareness among Irish cancer specialists, Irish medical journal, vol. 104, no. 1, pp. 6-9.

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Title Strategies for fertility preservation after chemotherapy: awareness among Irish cancer specialists
Author(s) Collins, IanORCID iD for Collins, Ian
Fay, L
Kennedy, MJ
Journal name Irish medical journal
Volume number 104
Issue number 1
Start page 6
End page 9
Total pages 4
Publisher Irish Medical Organisation
Place of publication Dublin, Ireland
Publication date 2011-01
ISSN 0332-3102
Keyword(s) fertility preservation
cancer treatment
cancer specialists
time delays
poor prognosis disease
clinical features
Summary The potential effect on fertility for patients undergoing cancer treatments is an important issue. The aim of this study was to assess awareness of fertility preservation strategies among cancer specialists involved in the management of young women with malignancy. A 10 question survey was sent to 94 cancer specialists in Ireland, comprising 28 medical oncologists, 32 haematologists and 34 breast surgeons, assessing awareness of; guidelines, facilities in Ireland, and potential barriers to referral. Fifty of 94 responded (53% response rate). Awareness of current success rates associated with assisted reproductive therapy was poor. Ten respondents (20%) identified the estimated time delay to the delivery of chemotherapy due to fertility preservation. Three important potential barriers to referral were identified; time delays, poor prognosis disease and clinical features of the cancer. Awareness of the impact of reduced fertility is important in these patients but early consideration is vital.
Language eng
Field of Research 111205 Chemotherapy
11 Medical And Health Sciences
Socio Economic Objective 920102 Cancer and Related Disorders
HERDC Research category C1.1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
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