Posts Tagged ‘Cancer’

Doctors aim to save fertility of kids with cancer

The treatment beating back 9-year-old Dylan Hanlon’s cancer may also be destroying his chances of fathering his own children when he grows up.

Upset that doctors didn’t make that risk clear, his mother, Christine, tracked down an experiment that just might salvage Dylan’s future fertility. Between chemo sessions, the pair flew hundreds of miles from their Florida home to try it.

Many of the cancer treatments that can save patients’ lives also may cost their ability to have babies later in life. Young adults have options — bank some sperm, freeze embryos or eggs. Children diagnosed before puberty don’t. Continue reading