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Semen Preservation in Male Adolescents and Young Adults With Cancer: One Institution's Experience

Lisa Bashore
CJON 2007, 11(3), 381-386 DOI: 10.1188/07.CJON.381-386

Semen preservation is a feasible procedure for male adolescents and young adults who may become infertile as a result of cancer therapy. Treatment for several pediatric malignancies puts adolescents and young adults at a signifi cant risk for fertility dysfunction. Eligible male adolescents and young adults (N = 32) treated from January 2004 to June 2005 at Cook Children's Medical Center were offered semen preservation at the time of diagnosis or presentation to the center for treatment. Fifteen (47%) young men were successful in semen preservation. Two (6%) adolescents did not participate because of parental refusal. Seven (22%) were too ill, and eight (25%) failed to produce an adequate sample. Several patients were not successful because of time constraints, lack of counseling, and parental anxiety. Efforts for success in semen preservation should include private discussions between nurses and adolescents. In addition, information on infertility needs to be given to families early in the diagnostic phase to provide them with an opportunity to ask questions.

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