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April - June 2021, Volume 17, Issue 2

Findeklee S, Kasoha M, Radosa JC, Radosa MP, Haj Hamoud B, Sima RM

Women and Men with Cancer and a Future Desire for Children - What Should Clinicians Consider in Covid-19 Pandemic Times?

Acta Endo (Buc) 2021, 17 (2): 234-240
doi: 10.4183/aeb.2021.234

The topic of fertility preservation has been gaining increasing importance since the beginning of this century. The reasons for this development are the advances in oncological therapy over the past few decades, with cure rates of approximately over 90%, and the fact that starting families is increasingly postponed in later periods of life in industrialized countries. Since March 2020 the whole medical and non-medical world experiences a pandemic due to Covid-19 (coronavirus disease 2019) which has never been seen before. This created a plenty of challenges for both, the patients and healthcare providers. This review article presents the fertility-protective methods currently available for women and men suffering from cancer with their clinical approach, value, advantages and disadvantages. Besides, it focuses on the changes and special considerations which have to be taken into account during pandemic times including preventive measures as well as the patient`s access to the fertility preserving options. In conclusion every premenopausal woman and every man with incomplete family planning suffering from cancer should be counselled about the existing fertility preserving techniques before commencing cancer therapy.

Keywords: female fertility preservation, male fertility preservation, fertility preserving methods, Covid-19 pandemic, oncofertility.

Correspondence: Sebastian Findeklee MD, Kinderwunschzentrum Niederrhein Mönchengladbach/Krefeld, Reproductive Medicine, Madrider Straße 6, Mönchengladbach, Northrhine-Westphalia, 41069, Germany, E-mail: