How doctors are helping kids with cancer have children later in life

GOLD IN THE FIGHT CHILDHOOD
CANCER. CANCER.
THIS MONTH, KPRC IS GOING GOLD THIS MONTH, KPRC IS GOING GOLD
IN THE FIGHT TO BE END CHILDHOOD IN THE FIGHT TO BE END CHILDHOOD
CANCER. CANCER.
MORE THAN 15,000 CHILDREN ARE MORE THAN 15,000 CHILDREN ARE
DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER EVERY YEAR DIAGNOSED WITH CANCER EVERY YEAR
HERE IN THE U.S.. HERE IN THE U.S..
>> HALEY HERNANDEZ SHOWS US HOW >> HALEY HERNANDEZ SHOWS US HOW
DOCTORS ARE HELPING THOSE YOUNG DOCTORS ARE HELPING THOSE YOUNG
PATIENTS PRESERVE THEIR PATIENTS PRESERVE THEIR
FERTILITY WHILE THEY’RE FERTILITY WHILE THEY’RE
UNDERGOING TREATMENT. UNDERGOING TREATMENT.
>>Reporter: YOUR CHILD HAS >>Reporter: YOUR CHILD HAS
CANCER HAS TO BE SOME OF THE CANCER HAS TO BE SOME OF THE
WORST NEWS A PARENT CAN HEAR, WORST NEWS A PARENT CAN HEAR,
BUT BEFORE THEY’RE EVEN DONE BUT BEFORE THEY’RE EVEN DONE
PROCESSING IT, TEXAS CHILDREN’S PROCESSING IT, TEXAS CHILDREN’S
PEDIATRIC UROLOGIST SAYS PEDIATRIC UROLOGIST SAYS
PATIENTS NEED TO DECIDE WHETHER PATIENTS NEED TO DECIDE WHETHER
TO PAY TO FREEZE A LITTLE BOY’S TO PAY TO FREEZE A LITTLE BOY’S
EGGS OR A BOY’S SPERM IN ORDER EGGS OR A BOY’S SPERM IN ORDER
TO GIVE THEM A BETTER CHANCE AT TO GIVE THEM A BETTER CHANCE AT
HAVING CHILDREN LATER IN LIFE. HAVING CHILDREN LATER IN LIFE.
>> WE TRY TO BE AS SENSITIVE AS >> WE TRY TO BE AS SENSITIVE AS
POSSIBLE, YET ALSO REASSURING POSSIBLE, YET ALSO REASSURING
AND GIVING THEM CONFIDENCE THAT AND GIVING THEM CONFIDENCE THAT
WE’RE GOING TO GET THEM THROUGH WE’RE GOING TO GET THEM THROUGH
THIS. THIS.
>>Reporter: DOCTOR SAYS IT’S >>Reporter: DOCTOR SAYS IT’S
NEVER A GUARANTEE THAT A CHILD NEVER A GUARANTEE THAT A CHILD
WILL LOSE THEIR FERTILITY BUT IT WILL LOSE THEIR FERTILITY BUT IT
IS A POSSIBLE RISK OF EVERY IS A POSSIBLE RISK OF EVERY
CANCER TREATMENT. CANCER TREATMENT.
>> BUT IN VERY RARE CASES IS IT >> BUT IN VERY RARE CASES IS IT
100% GUARANTEED YOU’LL NEVER BE 100% GUARANTEED YOU’LL NEVER BE
ABLE TO CONCEIVE. ABLE TO CONCEIVE.
>>Reporter: IN ORDER TO STORE >>Reporter: IN ORDER TO STORE
POSTMASTER, BOYS SHOULD BE PAST POSTMASTER, BOYS SHOULD BE PAST
PUBERTY. PUBERTY.
THEY HAVE BETTER OUTCOMES THEY HAVE BETTER OUTCOMES
AGAINST TREATMENT. AGAINST TREATMENT.
>> THE TOXIC EFFECTS OF >> THE TOXIC EFFECTS OF
CHEMOTHERAPY ARE GENERALLY MORE CHEMOTHERAPY ARE GENERALLY MORE
REVERSIBLE THAN THE IDEATIONS. REVERSIBLE THAN THE IDEATIONS.
>> THE DECISION IS SO >> THE DECISION IS SO
COMPLICATED AND COSTLY FOR GIRLS COMPLICATED AND COSTLY FOR GIRLS
WITH MATURE EGGS. WITH MATURE EGGS.
>> IT’S ABOUT $10,000 AND THAT’S >> IT’S ABOUT $10,000 AND THAT’S
PER CYCLE. PER CYCLE.
FOR SPERM BANKING, IT’S MUCH FOR SPERM BANKING, IT’S MUCH
MORE REASONABLE. MORE REASONABLE.
IT’S ABOUT $500 A YEAR FOR CRYO IT’S ABOUT $500 A YEAR FOR CRYO
PRESERVATION. PRESERVATION.
>> OR PRETEEN GIRLS CAN HAVE AN >> OR PRETEEN GIRLS CAN HAVE AN
OVARY REMOVED AND PRESERVED FOR OVARY REMOVED AND PRESERVED FOR
TRANSPLANT LATER, BUT THAT TRANSPLANT LATER, BUT THAT
SCIENCE IS SO NEW, SHE SAYS IT’S SCIENCE IS SO NEW, SHE SAYS IT’S
NOT A SURE BET TO MAKE A BABY. NOT A SURE BET TO MAKE A BABY.
>> AND GIVEN THE LOW LIKELIHOOD >> AND GIVEN THE LOW LIKELIHOOD
OF THIS PRODUCING A LIVE BIRTH, OF THIS PRODUCING A LIVE BIRTH,
FEW FAMILIES ARE WILLING TO TAKE FEW FAMILIES ARE WILLING TO TAKE
ON THAT KIND OF RISK. ON THAT KIND OF RISK.
>> WE ARE PARTNERING UP WITH A >> WE ARE PARTNERING UP WITH A
NONPROFIT VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION NONPROFIT VOLUNTEER ORGANIZATION
COMMITTED TO PROVIDING BASIC COMMITTED TO PROVIDING BASIC
NEEDS AND PERSONAL CARE TO NEEDS AND PERSONAL CARE TO
CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND THEIR CHILDREN WITH CANCER AND THEIR
FAMILIES. FAMILIES.
YOU CAN HELP IN THE FIGHT YOU CAN HELP IN THE FIGHT
AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER RIGHT AGAINST CHILDHOOD CANCER RIGHT
NOW. NOW.
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