Sperm cryopreservation practices among adolescent cancer patients at risk for infertility

Pediatr Hematol Oncol. 2009 Jun;26(4):252-60. doi: 10.1080/08880010902901294.


To assess sperm cryopreservation among males newly diagnosed with cancer aged 13 years and older, attending oncologists assigned infertility risk (yes/no) to patients and reported whether their patients engaged in sperm cryopreservation. Only 28.1% of informed at-risk patients banked sperm. Utilization of sperm banking was significantly associated with a diagnosis of central nervous system (CNS) malignancy or non-CNS solid tumor diagnosis, higher socioeconomic status, and not being a member of an Evangelical religious group. These results suggest that sperm banking is underutilized among adolescent males newly diagnosed with cancer, and that strategies to increase the engagement in this fertility preservation method are needed.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Antineoplastic Agents / adverse effects*
  • Antineoplastic Agents / therapeutic use
  • Cryopreservation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Infertility, Male / chemically induced*
  • Infertility, Male / epidemiology
  • Male
  • Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Neoplasms / drug therapy*
  • Semen / drug effects
  • Semen Preservation / statistics & numerical data*
  • Sperm Banks
  • Young Adult


  • Antineoplastic Agents