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Female cancer patients not told about infertility risk

Published tisdag 29 maj 2012 kl 09.52
A breast that has undergone reconstructive surgery after a cancer operation. The effects on the patient's fertility are not as visible. Photo: Scanpix

A majority of young female cancer patients are not informed that their cancer treatment may lead to sterility, Upsala Nya Tidning reports.

Male patients are much more likely to get this information, according to a new study of 500 patients at Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University

The study reveals that less than half of the women were informed of the risks and only a few percent of them were helped to keep their fertility.

However, eight out of ten male patients were told and two out of three were helped so that can have children in the future.

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