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NCI Dictionary of Cancer Terms


ovarian shielding  listen  (oh-VAYR-ee-un SHEEL-ding)

  A procedure done during radiation therapy in which a protective cover is placed on the outside of the body, over the area of the ovaries and other parts of the female reproductive system (ovaries, fallopian tubes, uterus, cervix, and vagina). This may prevent damage from radiation therapy. Ovarian shielding is a type of fertility preservation.