Oncofertility has emerged as a way to address potential lost or impaired fertility in cancer patients and survivors, with active biomedical research that is developing new ways to help these individuals preserve their ability to have biological children. In order to move beyond oncofertility as a science and medical technology and begin to address the ethical, legal, and social ramifications of this emerging field, we must give voice to scholars from the humanities and social sciences to engage in a multidisciplinary discussion. This book brings together a pool of experts from a variety of fields, including communication, economics, ethics, history, law, religion, and sociology, to examine the complex issues raised by recent developments in oncofertility and to offer advice from national and international perspectives as we create new technology. Given the inherent interdisciplinary nature of oncofertility, this book is not only valuable, but also necessary to cultivate a deep understanding of new issues with the eventual aim of offering proposals for addressing them. Indeed, this book will be useful for people not only within the humanities and social sciences disciplines but also for those who are confronted with cancer and the possibility of impaired fertility and the medical practitioners within oncology and reproductive medicine who are at the front lines of this emerging field.
Oncofertility is an interdisciplinary field bridging biomedical and social sciences and examining fertility options, choice and goals in light of cancer diagnosis, treatment and survivorship
Written by an interdisciplinary group of researchers and clinicians
Prepares clinicians and researchers for real-world perspectives of Oncofertility they will encounter
Oncofertility has emerged as a way to address potential lost or impaired fertility in those with a history of cancer. Active biomedical research is developing new ways to help those afflicted with cancer to preserve their ability to have biological children. Oncofertility: Ethical, Legal, Social, and Medical Perspectives moves beyond oncofertility as a science and medical technology and begins to address the social, legal, and ethical ramifications of this emerging field. Dr. Teresa K. Woodruff establishes a team of oncologists, fertility specialists, social scientists, and education and policy makers to engage in an interdisciplinary discussion on the clinical care of women who will lose their fertility due to cancer treatment.
"Cancer and its treatment will often compromise fertility. Concerns relevant to reproduction remains one of the most important issues for patients. In this text renown experts discuss the spectrum of critical issues embraced by Oncofertility." - Steven T. Rosen, M.D. Series Editor
Introduction.- Reproductive Health After Cancer.- Designing Follicle-Environment Interactions with Biomaterials.- Gamete Preservation To Transplant or Not to Transplant – That is the Question.- Clinical Cases in Oncofertility.- Cancer Genetics: Risks and Mechanisms of Cancer in Women with Inherited Susceptibility to Epithelial Ovarian Cancer.- Protecting and Extending Fertility for Females of Wild and Endangered Mammals.- Placing the History of Oncofertility.- Medical Hope, Legal Pitfalls: Potential Legal Issues in the Emerging Field of Oncofertility.- Domestic and International Surrogacy Laws: Implications for Cancer Survivors.- Adoption After Cancer: Adoption Agency Attitudes and Perspectives on the Potential to Parent Post-Cancer.- Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation and Bioethical Discourse.- The Lessons of Oncofertility for Assisted Reproduction.- Morally Justifying Oncofertility Research.- Ethical Dilemmas in Oncofertility: An Exploration of Three Clinical Scenarios.- Participation in Investigational Fertility Preservation Research: A Feminist Research Ethics Approach.- Reproductive “Choice” and Egg Freezing.- The Impact of Infertility: Why ARTs Should Be a Higher Priority for Women in the Global South.- Oncofertility and Informed Consent: Addressing Beliefs, Values and Future Decision Making.- Bioethics and Oncofertility: Arguments and Insights from Religious Traditions.- Sacred Bodies: Considering Resistance to Oncofertility in Muslim Communities.- Unlikely Motherhood in the Qur’?n: Oncofertility as Devotion.- Technology and Wholeness: Oncofertility and Catholic Tradition.- Jewish Perspectives on Oncofertility: The Complexities of Tradition.- The Oncofertility Saturday Academy: A Paradigm to Expand the Educational Opportunities and Ambitions of High School Girls.- MyOncofertility.org: A Web-Based Patient Education Resource Supporting Decision Making Under Severe Emotional and Cognitive Overload.- Anticipating Ovarian Tissue Cryopreservation in theHealthcare Marketplace: A Willingness to Pay Assessment .- Perspectives on Oncofertility from Demography and Economics.- For the Sake of Consistency and Fairness: Why Insurance Companies Should Cover Iatrogenic Infertility.- Health Care Provider Perspectives on Fertility Preservation for Cancer Patients.- Counseling and Consenting Women with Cancer on their Oncofertility Options: A Clinical Perspective.- The Fertility-Related Treatment Choices of Cancer Patients: Cancer-Related Infertility & Family Dynamics.- Whose Future Is It? Ethical Family Decision Making about Daughters’ Treatment in the Oncofertility Context.- Choosing Life when Facing Death: Understanding Fertility Preservation Decision-Making for Cancer Patients.- Discussing Fertility Preservation with Breast Cancer Patients.- Warning: Google can be Hazardous to Your Health: Fertility Preservation Is an Important Part of Cancer Care.- The Role of a Patient Navigator in Fertility Preservation.- Judaism and Reproductive Technology.- Reading Between the Lines of Cancer & Fertility: A Provider's Story.- A Rewarding Experience for a Pediatric Urologist.- Final Thoughts.