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Current Evidence Supporting Fertility and Pregnancy Among Young Survivors of Breast Cancer


  • Karen Meneses,

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      Karen Meneses PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor & Associate Dean for Research, 1701 University Blvd, School of Nursing, University of Alabama at Birmingham.

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  • Aimee Chism Holland

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Approximately 6% of invasive breast cancer is diagnosed in women younger than age 40 of age childbearing potential. Cancer-directed therapies can cause hormonal and anatomical changes that negatively affect the reproductive potential of young survivors of breast cancer. Recent national guidelines on fertility preservation are widely available. However, gaps in care exist in the interdisciplinary evidence-based management of young survivors of breast cancer with fertility and parenting concerns after cancer treatment.

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