Your primary care physician (PCP) may play an essential role in your oncofertility care.
Studies have shown that patients want their PCP to be engaged in their cancer care[1-2], given the nature of their existing relationship. In addition to coordinating your cancer care and providing necessary referrals, your PCP may:
- perform routine cancer screening and early detection
- counsel you about treatment options
- monitor your treatment progresss
- evaluate and manage your symptoms
- manage any additional medical conditions you may have or devlop
Your PCP may be a good person to discuss how cancer treatment may affect your future fertility and available fertility preservation options.
Hickner J, Kent S, Naragan P, Hunt L. Physicians’ and patients’ views of cancer care by family physicians: a report from the American Academy of Family Physicians National Research Network. Fam Med. 2007;39:126–31.