Preserving Fertility, Preserving Hope: Options for Children Facing Cancer Therapy – and Those who have Survived

Presentation Description: This presentation explores fertility preservation options for pediatric patients and associated challenges. For those who have not achieved sexual maturity, a potential option is vitrification of ovarian or testicular tissue in the hope that future laboratory science will be able to rescue and mature the immature gametes contained in the biopsied materials. For those who have achieved sexual maturity, the options are experimental but there is clinical experience. Finally, for those who missed fertility preservation but have viable gametes, premature reproductive senescence remains the principle concern.


Arthur Leader, BA, MD, FRCSC
Professor, Obstetrics, Gynecology, Medicine
University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON

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