Survivors of childhood and adolescent cancer were less likely as adults to have a first live birth than adults who never had cancer, according to results of a population-based study conducted in Sweden and published in Journal of Clinical Oncology.

To improve the possibilities for building a family in the future, patients with newly diagnosed cancer and/or parents should be informed about the risk for infertility to make informed decisions about future family planning,” Gabriela Armuand, RN, PhD, a postdoctoral researcher in clinical and experimental medicine, obstetrics and gynecology at Linkoping University, and colleagues wrote.

The 5-year survival rate for all childhood cancers is approximately 80%; however, modern cancer treatment can affect fertility. Previous studies have focused on treatment regimens, but not diagnostic groups.

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Armuand G, et al.

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