Preservation of fertility in cancer patients

Written by: Dr. Gorka Barrenetxea Ziarrusta
Published: | Updated: 20/02/2019
Edited by: Top Doctors®

Of the nearly 800,000 female cancers diagnosed each year in Spain, 4% are in women under 35 years. Moreover, there is a growing trend in recent years by the decision to have children is delayed. Thus, a diagnosis of cancer can occur before the woman (or man) have completed (or even started) their reproductive project.

Fertility Preservation

Fortunately, in many cases the prognosis after a diagnosis of cancer is favorable. However, some proposed treatments may have side effects including a greater or lesser degree of infertility. The frequency of cancer treatment promises of absolute or relative future fertility of a woman depends on several factors: the dose and type of treatment, age of the patient and the extent of the area to apply the treatment.

In any case, oncologists should, based on the prognosis of cancer to be treated, inform the patient of the possible side effects of treatment among which can be an absolute or relative infertility. And as a result, a communication must be established with specialists in assisted reproduction that can report on the different options existing preservation. In short, the different options fertility preservation should be an integral part of improving the quality of life for cancer survivors patients.

*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

By Dr. Gorka Barrenetxea Ziarrusta
Obstetrics & Gynecology

Dr. Gorka Barrenetxea graduated in Medicine and Surgery, specializing in Gynecology and Obstetrics, is also a Doctor of Medicine and Surgery, with the highest qualification by the University of the Basque Country by defending the doctoral thesis on repeat abortions .

He has also developed his teaching career as Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at the University of the Basque Country and Professor of the Master of Human Reproduction at the Complutense University of Madrid.

Throughout his career he has received several awards, including the Award for the Best Communication Category of Lecture (Fertility Section) awarded by the Spanish Society of Gynecology and Obstetrics (SEGO).

He is currently the founder and Medical Director of Reproducción Bilbao .


*Translated with Google translator. We apologize for any imperfection

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