Fertility and Cancer: It?s a Concern for Men, Too
Posted by Southlake on October 29th, 2016
When cancer is the diagnosis, helping people win their battles is generally the top priority. Thanks to advances in the medical arena, more and more people are living years after this diagnosis is handed down. Quality of life issues, however, also play a role in determining treatment options. Treatments, such as chemotherapy and radiation, can have long-term impacts on patients. Balancing the need to treat with more forward-thinking concerns, such as future fertility, can help patients not only battle the disease in the present, but also maintain a higher quality of life down the road.
Fertility is a major concern for many cancer patients. The topic, however, is most often considered with female patients. Males, however, are also quite likely to find fertility is an issue they’d like addressed on the front end. That concern has given rise to a recommendation that post-pubertal men be given the option to bank sperm before treatments begin.
Chemotherapy in particular can damage a man’s eventual ability to reproduce. A recent study looked at the impacts the drugs used in treatments can have on their ability to reproduce overtime and the dosage threshold that might reduce fertility. The study found that survivors treated with chemotherapy did have significant troubles conceiving. This has given rise to the recommendation for advanced action to take place.
There are a few reasons why banking sperm can prove very helpful to male cancer survivors down the road and even at the time of treatment. Here are just a few of them:
Cancer doesn’t have to mean an end for dreams of having a family for men or women. There are options available to assist. Giving patients the option to preserve fertility choices before treatments begin can improve long-term quality of life while easing patients’ minds as they look toward a post-cancer future.Top Searches - Trending Searches - New Articles - Top Articles - Trending Articles - Featured Articles - Top Members
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