Journal article

Fertility after breast cancer and strategies to help women achieve pregnancy

Michelle Peate, Lesley Stafford, Martha Hickey

CANCER FORUM | AUSTRALIAN CANCER SOC INC | Published : 2017

Abstract

Around a quarter of breast cancer patients are premenopausal at diagnosis. As cancer treatment can increase premature menopause, fertility and pregnancy after breast cancer are important issues for many women. This review summarises the literature on fertility after breast cancer and strategies to help women achieve pregnancy-specifically, the risk of infertility, fertility measurement after cancer, the impact of future pregnancy on prognosis, birth outcome, contraception, the psychosocial impact of infertility and pregnancy and assisted reproduction after breast cancer. Pregnancy rates after breast cancer are low. Nonetheless, it is important that women are made aware of the potential impac..

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