Warning: Google Can Be Hazardous to Your Health: Fertility Preservation Is an Important Part of Cancer Care

Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Northwestern University, Chicago, IL, USA.
Cancer treatment and research 01/2010; 156:467-8. DOI: 10.1007/978-1-4419-6518-9_36
Source: PubMed


As a resident, I had the opportunity to take care of a young woman with an ovarian germ cell tumor. She initially presented
to an outside facility with an ovarian cyst believed to be benign. Following a cystectomy at this facility where the frozen
pathologic specimen was determined benign, the final pathology unexpectedly returned as malignant. She then presented to the
University of Chicago oncology service for a second opinion. She underwent conservative surgery with unilateral salpingo-oophorectomy
and lymph node sampling, and the contralateral ovary and uterus were grossly normal and preserved. This fertility-preserving
surgery is standard of care for women with germ cell tumors confined to one ovary that have not completed childbearing. She
was to return to the inpatient chemotherapy service for her BEP (bleomycin, etoposide, and cisplatin) regimen following recovery
from the surgery.

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