Fertility preservation in pediatric and adolescent cancer patients in Switzerland: A qualitative cross-sectional survey.

Diesch, Tamara; von der Weid, Nicolas Xavier; Szinnai, Gabor; Schaedelin, Sabine; De Geyter, Christian; Rovó, Alicia (2016). Fertility preservation in pediatric and adolescent cancer patients in Switzerland: A qualitative cross-sectional survey. Cancer epidemiology, biomarkers & prevention, 44, pp. 141-146. American Association for Cancer Research AACR 10.1016/j.canep.2016.08.013

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Fertility preservation (FP) is an important topic of discussion in the field of oncology, particularly in pediatric oncology. Despite the awareness of severe impact of infertility on quality of life and different guidelines available in this area, the options in FP are not routinely discussed with the pediatric cancer patients and their parents. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first survey report concerned to FP counseling and procedures in pediatric and adolescent cancer patients in Switzerland. This survey was conducted from June 2014 to October 2014 on the counseling and procedures performed between 2009 and 2013; the questionnaire was completed by one of the professional from hematology/oncology centers in Switzerland. Currently, only four out of nine centers have a program for FP. In 2013, 45/301 (15%) patients received FP counseling and 36/301 (12%) underwent an FP procedure. The most commonly performed procedures from 2009 to 2013 were administration of gonadotropin releasing hormone agonist (3%) and cryopreservation of ovarian tissue in females (3%) and cryopreservation of sperms in males (6%); the most frequently cited reason for the absence of FP counseling was lack of time (55%). Therefore, this survey should help to develop and harmonize practices with respect to FP counseling and procedures in Switzerland, and to establish FP as a standard of care during cancer treatment.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Haematology and Central Haematological Laboratory

UniBE Contributor:

Rovó, Alicia

Subjects:

600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

1055-9965

Publisher:

American Association for Cancer Research AACR

Language:

English

Submitter:

Katrin Kölliker-Schütz

Date Deposited:

08 Mar 2017 15:48

Last Modified:

08 Mar 2017 15:48

Publisher DOI:

10.1016/j.canep.2016.08.013

PubMed ID:

27592062

Uncontrolled Keywords:

Cancer; Counseling; Fertility preservation; Pediatric

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.92465

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/92465

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