We must discuss fertility with young men diagnosed with cancer

FERTILITY is a particularly pertinent consideration for adolescents and young adults diagnosed with cancer at an age when they might not have considered future fatherhood.

Learning that cancer, or its treatment, might put fertility at risk can be confronting. However, as steps can be taken to preserve fertility, it’s an important conversation for these young people to have with their doctors and families.

Each year, about 1000 cases of cancer are diagnosed in Australians aged between 15 and 24, with melanoma, Hodgkin’s disease, testicular cancer and leukaemia