Pediatric Oncofertility Resources
Some cancer treatments may cause fertility issues for pediatric patients later in life. Pediatric oncologists should make every effort to discuss these issues with either the patient or the patient’s parents before treatment begins. This can be challenging if the child is too young to understand, or if the parent wants to shield the child from these issues. However, parents and physicians should keep in mind that many adult childhood cancer survivors feel fertility preservation and the potential to have a biological family is important to them. Although the fertility preservation information found on the rest of this site applies to pediatrics, the articles below focus specifically on pediatric oncofertility issues.
Save My Fertility. Fertility Preservation for Children Diagnosed with Cancer
The Oncofertility Consortium. Shared Decision-Making in Oncofertility Treatment Decisions in Pediatric Cancers. Video, 2011 OFC Conference
The Oncofertility Consortium. Shared Decision Making: Fertility and Pediatric Cancers
The Oncofertility Consortium. Publication on Pediatric Oncologists’ Oncofertility Patterns
The Oncofertility Consortium. A Rewarding Experience for a Pediatric Urologist
The Oncofertility Consortium. Congruence of Reproductive Concerns Among Adolescents with Cancer and Parents: Pilot Testing an Adapted Instrument.
Health Link. Male Health Issues after Treatment for Childhood Cancer
The information provided on the CKN website is designed to support, not replace, the relationship that exists between a patient and his/her physician. CKN thanks the Oncofertility Consortium for providing content on this site. If you’d like more information, or to make a suggestion: Contact us.
by Karen Irwin, CKN Project Co-ordinator
A Day in the Life….
I looked in the rear view mirror at my son Johnny, buckled in his car seat. His bald head. His big brown eyes without lashes or brows. His skinny, sick little 4 year old body. My eyes filled up with tears. As I turned my attention back to the highway in front of me, I slammed on my brakes when I saw the cars in front of me stopped dead. A quick listen to the all-news radio station told me the highway was closed due to an accident. Drivers were getting out of their cars to stretch their legs and talk on their cell phones. When I stopped the car, Johnny began to cry and yell, telling me that he felt hungry and sick and he wanted me to take him home, and I thought, “Why? Why this? Why now?” Hadn’t he had enough already today?