A study looking at how men feel about sperm banking and infertility after treatment for cancer
Please note - this trial is no longer recruiting patients. We hope to add results when they are available.
Unfortunately some cancer treatments can cause infertility, meaning you are then unable to have children. This can be particularly difficult to cope with for younger men who haven’t started a family yet. All men in this situation should be offered the chance to bank sperm. But some men decide not to.
The research team running this trial will use questionnaires to help them find out more about
- What men think about being diagnosed with cancer and having treatment
- Why some men decide to bank sperm and some don’t
- What men who banked sperm at diagnosis think about it 5 years later
Who can enter
Study 1 has finished recruiting patients, but men could take part if they
- Were aged between 18 and 45
- Had recently been diagnosed with cancer
- Were due to have treatment aimed at curing your cancer
- Were a patient at either the Hallamshire or Western Park Hospitals in Sheffield, or St James Hospital Leeds
Study 2 has also finished recruiting now, but men could take part if they
- were a man aged between 18 and 45
- Had successful treatment for cancer diagnosed at least 5 years ago
- Banked sperm before they had treatment
- Were a patient at the Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield or at Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham
Please note - You cannot volunteer for this study.
This study is split into 2 parts – Study 1 and Study 2.
Study 1 was looking at men who have recently been diagnosed with cancer, and whose treatment was likely to leave them infertile.
You fill out a questionnaire before you start treatment, and again a year later. The questionnaire asks you about
- How you feel about your experience of being diagnosed with cancer
- Your views on the information you were given and the care that you have had so far
- How you feel about being a parent
- What your general health is like
The research team would also like to look at your medical records to find out your age, diagnosis, treatment, level of fertility and whether you decided to take up the offer of sperm banking or not.
Study 2 was looking at men who had successful treatment for cancer 5 years ago, and who took up the offer of sperm banking before their treatment.
Men who have banked sperm are asked to have fertility checks regularly. This is because if their fertility has returned there is no need to continue to store their sperm. But many men don’t respond to the request, so samples continue to be stored. And some men ask that their sample continues to be stored without checking their fertility.
The researchers hope to find out why some men attend for fertility checks and some don’t.
You won’t have to make any extra trips to the hospital as part of this study.
If you take part in Study 1, you can fill out the questionnaires at your routine hospital appointments.
If you take part in Study 2, the questionnaires will be sent to you to fill out and post back. Or you can take it with you when you go for your next appointment.
As you will not have any treatments or tests as part of this study, there are no side effects.
Location of trialCLOSED
For more information
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