Jennifer Levine on Fertility Challenges in Survivors of Childhood Cancer

August 30, 2016
Jennifer Levine, MD

Jennifer Levine, MD, Columbia University Medical Center, discusses fertility issues that adult survivors of childhood cancer often face.

Jennifer Levine, MD, Columbia University Medical Center, discusses fertility issues that adult survivors of childhood cancer often face.

Many survivors of childhood cancer worry about the long term fertility issues that occur as a result of their treatment years ago. In women, there are two forms of fertility loss in this cohort: acute ovarian failure, which happens right after the end of treatment, and premature menopause, which can happen years after treatment. Levine stresses that it is important to figure out who is at risk for premature menopause to help guide them in when they should either attempt pregnancy or fertility preservation. Right now, there is no way to accurately predict when a survivor will go into menopause.