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One Course of Testicular Cancer Treatment Might Not Affect Sperm

One Course of Testicular Cancer Treatment Might Not Affect SpermFertility is often a concern for men with testicular cancer, as treatments like chemotherapy and radiotherapy can reduce sperm count and concentration. But new research might offer some hope, at least for men with early stage disease.

Researchers found that one course of chemotherapy or radiation might not affect sperm that much.

Typically, men with this type of cancer have an orchiectomy – a surgical procedure to remove the tumorous testicle. Following surgery, men with early stage disease might undergo one course of chemotherapy or radiation to reduce their risk of cancer recurrence.

The study involved 182 men between the ages of 18 and 50 who lived in Sweden. They had early stage testicular cancer and had undergone orchiectomy during the previous five years. Some had one course of chemotherapy or radiation and some had no further treatment after surgery.

The men gave semen samples after their surgery (but before any chemotherapy or radiation), six months later, and again at one-, two-, three-, and five-year follow up points.

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