The impact of cancer treatment on male fertility
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The impact of cancer treatment on male fertility

Collette Davies Research Nurse, St Lukes Cancer Centre, Guildford

Infertility as a consequence of cancer treatment can be a devastating blow to someone who is already battling a life threatening illness (Koeppel 1995, Quinn 1999). This article examines the impact of treatment for cancer (using the example of acute leukaemia) on male fertility and discusses fertility treatments that are currently available. A primary role for the cancer nurse is to be able to counsel patients facing the prospect of infertility, and provide information on potential fertility treatments that are available.

Cancer Nursing Practice. 2, 4, 25-31. doi: 10.7748/cnp2003.05.2.4.25.c71

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