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Creating the Future: Should Doctors Be Concerned With Child's Fertility?

When a baby is born, parents dream of their tot's future. They envision the child talking, walking, graduating, getting married, and having offspring of their own. They assume their healthy kid will be able to reproduce, but that isn't the case for the mom and dad of a youngster fighting cancer. A recent report talked about the medical advancements that are being tested (and the lengths that doctors will go to) to preserve a prepubescent patient's fertility. It said:

With childhood cancer survival reaching 80 percent, there's a growing need to find ways to preserve these youngsters' fertility — and patients like Dylan are on the front edge of research that's banking testicular cells and ovarian tissue to try.

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If there are two equally effective treatments, and one has a lower risk of infertility than the other, then of course the low risk one should be used. If the most effective treatment can cause infertility, that may be a risk that needs to be taken to save the child. Worst case scenario, baby grows up and adopts.
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