Ethical Issues in Gynecological Oncology

Ethical concerns in the subspecialty of gynecologic oncology are worth singling out for several reasons: the malignancies treated in this field are often aggressive, recurrent, and incurable; they frequently occur in young women; and their prevention and treatment entail radical surgeries and side effects that can alter the remainder of a woman’s life. Contributors to the September issue of the AMA Journal of Ethics extol breakthroughs in the prevention and treatment of gynecologic cancers, while grappling with such ethical dilemmas as preserving fertility in adolescent girls undergoing chemotherapy, disclosing increased disease risk to a patient’s family members, and overcoming public resistance to a cancer-preventing vaccine.
Volume 17, Number 9: 815-883 Full Issue PDF