Ethical And Legal Issues

Options for future fertility following cancer treatment must be considered in the patient's best interests. Thus, the advantages of any intervention or of an active decision not to intervene must outweigh any disadvantages, both in the short and long term. Any intervention intended to preserve fertility must have a sound evidence base as well as moral provenance. It should neither raise unrealistic expectations, nor have long term adverse effects on the patient or his or her offspring.79

Informed consent should be given voluntarily by a competent person. However, in view of the complexity of the issues surrounding fertility preservation, the anxieties of both patients and their families at the time of diagnosis, and the limited time for discussion due to

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