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Male Childhood Cancer Survivors May Face Sexual Problems, Infertility as Adults

Mar 20, 2018

Male Childhood Cancer Survivors May Face Sexual Problems, Infertility as AdultsWhen childhood cancer survivors enter adulthood, they may develop sexual issues caused by their cancer treatment. Surgery, radiation, chemotherapy – and the emotional impact of treatment – can all negatively affect later sexuality. Sometimes, these issues are overlooked at the time of treatment. After all, the primary goal of treatment is to fight cancer. Sexuality may be less of a priority, especially if the patient is a child.

Still, childhood cancer survival rates have improved over the years, and these issues remain as patients get older.

Recently, a team of experts discussed four issues specific to adolescent boys and young men -- sexual dysfunction, erectile dysfunction (ED), hypogonadism (low testosterone), and infertility – in the journal Sexual Medicine Reviews.

The scientists analyzed a number of previously published reports to learn more about how often such problems occur, what causes them, and what men can do. Their findings might help both doctors and patients find solutions.

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