Preserving Fertility in Young Women with Breast Cancer: Challenges and Advances
Professor Olivia Pagani
As an increasing percentage of younger women are now surviving breast cancer, a growing number of them rightly place reproductive health high up on their agenda. This was one of the themes that was discussed at the European School of Oncology (ESO) Breast Cancer in Young Women Conference in Dublin, November 2012. European Perspectives addresses this important topic with two experts in this area, Prof. Olivia Pagani, Institute of Oncology of Southern Switzerland (IOSI) and Prof. Dror Meirow, Sheba Medical Center, Ramat Gan, Israel.
One of the challenges when treating young patients with breast cancer is preserving fertility while providing optimal quality cancer care. In this interview, Olivia Pagani outlines some of the key advances in this area and the importance of providing accurate and timely information to young women who have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Reproductive issues are of great importance to young women, in particular where they have not completed (or in some cases started) their families prior to a breast cancer diagnosis.