Current practices in fertility preservation in male cancer patients

Urol Ann. 2014 Jan;6(1):13-7. doi: 10.4103/0974-7796.127008.


The incidence of a cancer diagnosis in children and young adolescents is increasing. With better treatments, the number of young cancer survivors living through reproductive age is increasing. Fertility preservation of these men and women has become essential and needs to be discussed prior to the start of cancer treatment. Here we review the current guidelines for male oncofertility patients and highlight some of the important gonadotoxic effects of chemotherapy, radiotherapy and surgery. Options for fertility preservation are also discussed along with resources that should be made available to all patients.

Keywords: Cancer; fertility; fertility preservation; infertility.

Publication types

  • Review