Clin Exp Reprod Med.  2017 Dec;44(4):171-174. 10.5653/cerm.2017.44.4.171.

Fertility preservation during cancer treatment: The Korean Society for Fertility Preservation clinical guidelines

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Cha Fertility Center at Seoul Station, CHA University, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Seongnam, Korea.
  • 3Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Ajou University School of Medicine, Suwon, Korea.
  • 4Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea. seokhyun@snu.ac.kr

Abstract

While many fertility preservation (FP) options now exist for reproductive-aged cancer patients, access to these services continues to be limited. A comprehensive FP program should be organized to serve oncofertility patients effectively. Also, much effort is needed from various individuals"”patients, specialists from various fields, and consultants"”to facilitate FP in a timely manner. Various challenges still exist in improving access to FP programs. To improve access to FP treatment, it is important to educate oncologists and patients via electronic tools and to actively navigate patients through the system. Reproductive endocrinology practices that receive oncofertility referrals must be equipped to provide a full range of options on short notice. A multidisciplinary team approach is required, involving physicians, nurses, mental health professionals, office staff, and laboratory personnel. The bottom line of FP patient care is to understand the true nature of each patient's specific situation and to develop a patient flow system that will help build a successful FP program. Expanding the patient flow system to all comprehensive cancer centers will ensure that all patients are provided with adequate information regarding their fertility, regardless of geography.

Keyword

Clinical practice; Fertility preservation; Neoplasms; Patient care

MeSH Terms

Endocrinology
Fertility Preservation*
Fertility*
Geography
Humans
Laboratory Personnel
Mental Health
Patient Care
Referral and Consultation
Specialization
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