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Alliance for Fertility Preservation
An organization made up of cancer and reproductive professionals working together to advance information about and access to fertility preservation for cancer patients
New article highlights the need for better documentation of fertility discussions
A recent article published online in the Journal of Oncology Practice has called attention to a key issue surrounding proper fertility counseling – documentation. Researchers looked at the medical records of age-eligible cancer patients (under 45 yrs) at four large cancer centers for indications that the patient received information about the fertility risks of treatment, a discussion of fertility preservation options and/or a referral for a fertility consultation. Low rates of documentation about such discussions were found. The authors concluded that without adequate documentation it is difficult to accurately assess whether patients are receiving fertility preservation information. Further, lack of documentation in the medical record may represent a potential liability.
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