328 W. Claiborne St.
P.O. Box 964
Monroeville, Alabama 36460
(251) 575-4203
     
Men's Health
Resources
Basic InformationLatest News
AHA News: Erectile Dysfunction May Up the Odds for Irregular HeartbeatMuscle in Middle Age Might Help Men's Hearts LaterTestosterone Supplements Double Men's Odds for Blood Clots: StudyBeyonce's Dad Puts Spotlight on Male Breast CancerFrequent Male Pot Use Linked to Early MiscarriagesUsing Opioids After Vasectomy May Trigger Persistent Use: StudyGene-Based Therapy Helps Fight Advanced Prostate CancerHigh-Dose Radiation a Game Changer in Fighting Deadly Prostate CancerAt-Risk Men May Also Benefit From Regular MammogramsDoubt Over Long-Term Use of Hormone Rx for Recurrent Prostate CancerWhat Is Your Risk for Prostate Cancer?For Men, Living Alone May Mean Poorer Control of Blood-Thinning MedsHormone Therapy for Prostate Cancer Might Harm the Heart: StudyAHA News: Common Prostate Cancer Treatment May Increase Risk of Fatal Heart ConditionHealth Cautions for Young Male AthletesOverweight Men May Feel Stigmatized, TooTestosterone Therapy May Threaten the HeartPlastic Surgery Pays Off for MenLooks Like Guys Are More Prone to Pack on the 'Freshman 15'New Urine Test Might Show Whether Prostate Cancer Needs TreatmentMany Young Men Putting Health at Risk to Bulk Up5 Ways Men Can Take Charge of Their HealthHelp for Impotence Starts With Frank Talk With DoctorYogurt Might Help Men Avoid Colon Cancer: StudyBest Gift From Dad for Kids: More Time Together'Daddy-Do-Overs': Men Increasingly Getting Plastic Surgery'Dad Shaming' Is Real, Survey ShowsFew Prostate Cancer Patients Are Getting Checkups They NeedCould 2 Prostate Cancer Drugs Fight Disease in Earlier Stages?Many Middle-Aged Men May Have Signs of Thinning Bones'Watchful Waiting' Less Likely for Black Prostate Cancer PatientsOlder Dads' Sperm Isn't What It Used to BeMustaches Are More Than Just Manly, They Guard Against Sun's RaysHeavy Teen Boys May Face Higher Heart Disease Risk as AdultsAHA News: Study Finds Higher Risk of Stroke-Linked Plaque in Men, Possible Test for WomenIs That Prostate Cancer Worth Treating? Chromosomes May TellUse of Meds for Enlarged Prostate Might Delay a Cancer DiagnosisTestosterone Supplements Not All They're Cracked Up to BeCould Common Heart Meds Lower Prostate Cancer Risk?One High Dose of Radiation May Be Enough for Early Prostate CancerU.S. Leads World in Reducing Prostate Cancer CasesJatenzo Approved for Men With Low Testosterone'Male Pill' Makes Another AdvanceWhy Men Won't Mention Suicidal Thoughts to Their DoctorHigh Testosterone Levels Are Bad News for the HeartTesticular Cancer Treatment Doesn't Always Doom FertilityOsteoporosis Often Missed in Elderly MenGuys, Can You Do 40 Push-Ups? Heart-Healthy Life May Be YoursMore U.S. Men Holding Off on Prostate Cancer Surgery'Extreme' Exercise No Danger to Middle-Aged Hearts: Study
Links
Related Topics

Wellness and Personal Development
Mental Disorders

Testicular Cancer Treatment Doesn't Always Doom Fertility

HealthDay News
by -- Robert Preidt
Updated: Feb 26th 2019

new article illustration

TUESDAY, Feb. 26, 2019 (HealthDay News) -- Young men diagnosed with testicular cancer often worry that treating the disease may jeopardize their chances of having children, but new research should ease their minds.

In the study, sperm counts rebounded in men who received one course of chemotherapy or radiation therapy after surgery for early-stage testicular cancer.

It was known that several rounds of chemotherapy or high doses of radiotherapy given to men with more advanced testicular cancer can reduce sperm count and concentration, but it wasn't clear whether a single course of chemotherapy or radiotherapy would have a similar effect.

To find out, researchers looked at 182 men, aged 18 to 50, who had surgery for stage 1 testicular cancer. The surgery was followed by either one course of chemotherapy, one course of radiation therapy or no further treatment.

The men provided sperm samples six months, one year, two years, three years and five years after surgery, according to the study published Feb. 24 in the Annals of Oncology.

"We found no clinically significant detrimental long-term effect in either total sperm number or sperm concentration, irrespective of the type of postoperative treatment received," said study leader Kristina Weibring, a cancer doctor at the Karolinska University Hospital in Stockholm, Sweden.

"Among men who received radiotherapy, there was a distinct decrease in average sperm number and concentration six months after treatment, though not in those who received chemotherapy," she said in a journal news release. "However, sperm number and concentration recovered in the radiotherapy group after six months."

Weibring noted that "one course of postoperative chemotherapy has been shown to decrease the risk of relapse substantially, thereby reducing the number of patients having to be treated with several courses of chemotherapy."

Testicular cancer is the most common cancer in young men between the ages of 15 and 40. All patients have surgery to remove the testicle with cancer, a procedure called orchiectomy.

"Testicular cancer patients are often young men wanting to father children at some point, and we find, in many cases, that the patients are afraid of the potential risk of infertility caused by chemotherapeutic treatment. These findings should provide some reassurance to them," Weibring said.

While the results are promising, further studies are needed "and we still recommend sperm banking before orchiectomy as a number of patients may have low sperm counts at the time of diagnosis that persists after postoperative treatment," Weibring said.

Journal editor-in-chief Fabrice Andre is a professor in the department of medical oncology at the Institut Gustave Roussy, in France. He said, "The finding that one course of chemotherapy has minimal impact on sperm count offers hope for thousands of patients worldwide, but we all must keep in mind that these data are preliminary and will require validation before we can use them in clinics."

More information

The American Cancer Society has more on testicular cancer.




328 W. Claiborne St.
P.O. Box 964
Monroeville,
Alabama 36460
Tel: (251)575-4203
Fax:(251)575-9459


powered by centersite dot net