A chief concern affecting quality of life among young adult (YA) cancer survivors is fertility. Although discussions regarding the possibility of infertility and methods to decrease the risk are crucial at the time of diagnosis, many YAs don’t remember having adequate discussions regarding these topics before the initiation of their treatment. Embryo cryopreservation in women and sperm cryopreservation in men before cancer therapy remains to be the most effective ways in which fertility is preserved in the YA population. Although female and male gonadal tissue cryopreservation and transplantation remain experimental, such options are explored and continuously researched through programs such as the Oncofertility Consortium at Northwestern University.
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