Navigation Links
Preserving Fertility for Child Cancer Patients

As increasing numbers of childhood cancer patients survive into adulthood, preservation of future //fertility has become an important consideration in treatment, say senior cancer and fertility scientists.

About 750 children and adolescents in Australia and New Zealand are diagnosed with cancer every year, says Dr John Heath of the Children’s Cancer Centre at Melbourne’s Royal Children’s Hospital.

“About 75 per cent of these patients are expected to be long-term survivors,” Dr Heath says in the latest edition of the Medical Journal of Australia (MJA).

Fertility preservation is a major concern in planning for a “normal” lifestyle and life experience, he says, adding that a range of therapeutic interventions for preserving fertility are now available.

Dr Heath and Dr Catherine Stern, a fertility specialist at the Royal Women’s Hospital in Melbourne, surveyed the fertility preservation activities of 12 of the 13 paediatric oncology units throughout Australia and New Zealand.

All centres surveyed offered sperm preservation, they said, but only 10 of the 12 offered oocyte or ovarian tissue preservation. Only five centres offered preservation procedures to pre-pubescent patients.

Fertility counselling was offered by nine centres, and although 11 centres agreed that fertility preservation guidelines would be helpful, only two had guidelines in place.

“Paediatric oncology units should provide a coordinated approach to discussion about cancer treatment and future fertility early in the course of treatment,” says Dr Heath.

“Clinicians must keep abreast of developments and make all relevant information available to families.”

Guidelines would help clinical staff navigate the numerous medical, legal and ethical issues involved with fertility preservation, Dr Heath says.

In a related editorial in the same issue of the MJA, Canadian paediatricians Prof essor Mark Greenberg and Assistant Professor Stacey Urbach argue for consensus and collaborative research.

“The paediatric community has been slow to embrace routine and consistent counselling for families about preservation options, in part because the options in young children are both limited and complicated,” says Prof Greenberg.

“Paediatric oncologists must inform themselves of the options, forge links with paediatric endocrinologists and reproductive medicine specialists, define at-risk patients by consensus, and commit to participating in research in this area.”


Related medicine news :

1. Preserving the DNA of a loved one
2. Bhutan Leads the World in Preserving the Environment
3. Fertility After Testicular Cancer Questioned
4. Restoration Of Fertility After Cancer Treatment
5. Mobile Phones Found To Reduce A Man’s Fertility by 30
6. High-Protein Diet Found To Reduce Fertility
7. Suppressing A Girls Height In Adolescence Could Lead to Fertility Problems
8. Improving Fertility In Patients With Cervical Cancer
9. Late Pregnancy Women Face The Risk Of Heartbreak, Fertility Problems
10. Fertility Treatment Offered During Summer Has Better Chances For Success
11. Detrimental Effect Of Chronic Alcoholism On Male Fertility
Post Your Comments:

(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Talented ... the lowdown on sciatica in a new episode of "Success Files," which is ... events and innovation and investigates each subject in-depth with passion and integrity. , ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: ... souls in the Philippines. “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is ... Bible. She has taught all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... First Healthcare Compliance (FHC), an industry leader ... range of technology and learning solutions at the 68th Annual American Healthcare Association ... held October 14–18, 2017 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada. ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... Planet Fitness, one of the largest and ... plans to open a flagship location in Covington, LA at 401 N. U.S. Highway ... store next to Office Depot in the Holiday Square shopping center. Its location allows ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... 2017 , ... IsoComforter, Inc. ( ), one of the ... new design of the shoulder pad. The shoulder pad provides optimal support and ... pain while using cold therapy. By utilizing ice and water that is circulated from ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/12/2017)...   Divoti USA will engrave and process ... of the latest FDA requirements, which stipulates new criteria regarding medical ... need of Medical ID jewelry such as Medical ID Bracelets, can ... in terms of the new FDA requirements . ... Divoti offers this dark mark fiber laser ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... Oct. 11, 2017  BioPharmX Corporation (NYSE MKT: BPMX) ... developed an innovative way to use nonlinear optical imaging ... of new drugs. ... Conference will show how researchers from BioPharmX and the ... School used a suite of imaging techniques in what ...
(Date:10/11/2017)... , Oct. 11, 2017  True Health, a ... amplified its effort during National Breast Cancer Awareness ... cancer risks. ... Oncology calculated that more than 10 million American ... mutations in BRCA1 or BRCA2 and have not had ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: