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Doody's Review ServiceReviewer: Patricia T Jimenez, MD (Washington University School of Medicine)
Description: This is a comprehensive review of the biology of cancer and the implications for reproductive health, as well as fertility preservation options for men and women.
Purpose: The purpose is to provide a resource about the quickly evolving field of fertility preservation. This is becoming a much more important issue as advances in cancer therapy lead to longer survival and as women delay childbearing.
Audience: Well written for a wide audience, this book will be a useful reference for clinical practitioners in oncology and reproductive medicine, as well as scientists and embryologists who do not have direct patient contact. The authors are all leaders in the field, and many have participated in the creation and development of these technologies.
Features: The book covers the biology of cancer, the effects of treatment on the reproductive system and potential fertility-sparing options for men and women. One of the outstanding features of this book is the merging of oncology and reproduction so that people in both fields will benefit from reading it. The selected color images are useful and appropriate.
Assessment: This is a valuable addition to the current literature on fertility preservation. It is quite thorough and appropriate for a wide audience. This is very important as cancer treatment and reproductive medicine require a multidisciplinary approach.