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.”

Sorce-AMI
SRM
'"/>




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:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 20, 2017 , ... “Mary Magdalene: Grace is Greater than Sin”: a ... witnessed Jesus Christ firsthand. “Mary Magdalene: Grace is Greater than Sin” is the creation ... educator interacting with countless women who had little knowledge of the female characters portrayed ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... biographical account following a man who went on to support his country and serve the ... Lynn Haven, Florida and at the age of 5, his family moved to Pensacola Florida. ... Navy and got married right out of boot camp. , He and his wife ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... Farmville, NC (PRWEB) , ... January 20, 2017 ... ... the vPEP ® Oscillating Positive Expiratory Pressure (OPEP) device, was featured in ... article by Doug Pursley, MEd, RRT-ACCS, FAARC, “Analysis of Three Oscillating Positive ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... ... “Journey to Christmas:” a beautiful and enchanting tale that teaches children the true meaning of ... three in Oklahoma City, and a devoted woman of faith. , “Becoming a parent ... the back of my mind for years, but actually doing it might have been a ...
(Date:1/20/2017)... ... 2017 , ... “The Land of More and More”: a brilliant story ... and shares the simple and achievable answer. “The Land of More and More” is ... Missionary Church in Angola, Indiana where he works with the children’s ministry department. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:1/19/2017)... Calif. , Jan. 19, 2017 Accuray ... its CyberKnife® and TomoTherapy® Systems continue to set the ... received the highest composite overall user satisfaction rating among ... the Q4 2016 MD Buyline Market Intelligence Briefing™. The ... the highest composite ratings among industry peers for 11 ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017  Sensus Healthcare, Inc. (NASDAQ: ... in the treatment of non-melanoma skin cancers and ... radiation therapy, today announced that it will report ... results on Thursday, February 2, 2017 after the market ... conference call with the investment community on Thursday, February ...
(Date:1/19/2017)... 19, 2017   Science Exchange , the leading ... that the first five replication studies from the ... published in eLife today. Despite intense scrutiny around ... practical evaluation of reproducibility rates that may identify ... other assessments of reproducibility, the results of this ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: