EUropean REcommendations for female FERtility preservation (EU-REFER): A joint collaboration between oncologists and fertility specialists

Marie Madeleine Dolmans, Matteo Lambertini, Kirsten Tryde Macklon, Teresa Almeida Santos, Ana Ruiz-Casado, Andrea Borini, Virginie Bordes, Lucy Frith, Ellen Van Moer, Ariane Germeyer

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Abstract

In recent years, following the improved prognosis of patients with cancer, interest and attention has grown around fertility issues in these patients. International guidelines on fertility preservation in patients with cancer recommend that physicians discuss with all patients of reproductive age (or their parents/guardians, if children) the risk of infertility arising from their cancer or its treatment. Oncofertility counselling is recommended at the earliest opportunity and prior to cancer treatment, to help patients make informed decisions on pursuing fertility preservation. Currently, however, such discussions are not being routinely held. In June 2017, an esteemed group of European oncofertility experts met to discuss current unfulfilled needs in oncofertility for female cancer patients. This expert group has produced here a number of key recommendations in order to guide oncologists, haematologists, and other involved professionals with oncofertility discussions and appropriate referrals for further fertility preservation counselling and follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-240
Number of pages8
JournalCritical Reviews in Oncology/Hematology
Volume138
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2019

Keywords

  • Expert recommendations
  • Female cancer patients
  • Fertility preservation
  • Haematologists
  • Oncofertility
  • Oncologists

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Hematology
  • Oncology

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