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Title

IRANIAN ONCOLOGISTS’ ATTITUDE TOWARDS FERTILITY PRESERVATION IN A SAMPLE GROUP

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  33-36

Abstract

 Background: Recent advances in CANCER treatment have resulted in an increased number of CANCER survivors. Fertility might be impaired by CANCER itself or through gonadal damage as a consequence of RADIO-CHEMOTHERAPY. Damages to reproductive organs are seen in minimally up to 30% of CANCER patients. The aim of the present study was evaluate the ATTITUDE of Iranian ONCOLOGISTs toward FERTILITY PRESERVATION.Methods: Thirty ONCOLOGISTs filled an author-designed questionnaire which included five multiple choice questions at Mahak hospital, Tehran in 2009.  The data were collected and analyzed by SPSS 11.5 software.Results: More than half of the ONCOLOGISTs believed that RADIO-CHEMOTHERAPY has destructive effects on reproductive organs. This study showed that as high as 67% of the respondants believed FERTILITY PRESERVATION should be offered to all patients at risk, but 40% of them insisted that the patients should bring up the topic themselves. Only 46% of the ONCOLOGIST knew about FERTILITY PRESERVATION techniques. The greatest barriers for accepting FERTILITY PRESERVATION by the parents of children undergoing CANCER treatment were: lack of information (41%), hopelessness from treatment prognosis (33%), fear of delay in starting the treatment (15%) and the priority of child survival (11%).Conclusion: The specific challenges of counseling are time pressure between diagnosis and start of treatment, little knowledge about FERTILITY PRESERVATION both by treating ONCOLOGISTs and parents; therefore a team consisting of ONCOLOGISTs, infertility special-ists and social workers is recommended in these settings.

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