How can people with cancer be advocates for their fertility?

How can people with cancer be advocates for their fertility?

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Teresa K. Woodruff, Ph.D.
The Watkins Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Director, The Oncofertility Consortium
Feinberg School of Medicine, Northwestern University

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I think patients are really the best advocates for their own health. And so the patient has to be aware of what the treatments are and what their interest is in maintaining a healthy reproductive axis at the time of diagnosis and asking the right questions.

And getting the information that they need in a timely matter is the purpose of this Web site—to ensure that patients can drill down as far as they want on the information, get to a site where they can find answers. That allows them to make the decision that is right for them. There are a variety of options that we’ve just outlined that are increasing on a daily basis and those patients need to get that information, talk with their provider about what’s right for them, think about what their own choices are, and then inform the physician what they want to do next, and that’s one of our hopes with this information we’re providing.