What were we to do? My husband was deployed at Iraq when he got diagnosed with Leukemia in November of 2009. Landstuhl sent him to a German University Hospital where they refused to try to bank his sperm because he had been on a morphine drip. They said they won't do it, and this was before he started any chemotherapy!!! When we got back to the states 3 months later after all his chemotherapy, his sperm count wasn't high enough for him to father a child naturally. Now here we are in June of 2011, after 19 months of treatment and now a BMT. What are we to do? He's only 22 and I'm 24. We have only been married since March of 2009. While Tricare has been great to us with his treatment, they don't cover IVF and all that would come with having kids of us. I'm lost and hurt and angry at those doctors who didn't seem to appreciate our concern for this.
Posted: 06 Jun 2011 02:56 PM Originally Posted: 06 Jun 2011 02:57 PM
I am sorry to hear that your husband was not able to bank his sperm prior to starting treatment.Unfortunately you are not alone in this situation and we are working to ensure more and more patients are aware of the risk of infertility from cancer treatment and their options to attempt to preserve their fertility.
While your husband's sperm count may not be high enough to father a child naturally, cryopreserving sperm before transplant may be an option.While his sperm count maybe low now, an allogeneic stem cell transplant will increase his risk of infertility to very high risk.I would encourage you and your husband to discuss with a urologist whether or not sperm banking at this point is recommended.While there is little data to know when it is safe to either freeze sperm or get a woman pregnant after chemotherapy, most urologists suggest waiting at least a year since the last chemotherapy.MD Anderson refers our patients to Dr. Lipschultz at Baylor College of Medicine for sperm banking and consultations.
A valuable resource we refer our patients to is Fertile Hope, a program of LIVESTRONG.Their website has alot of information about infertility following cancer treatment.They also have a financial assistance program called Sharing Hope.The Oncofertility Consortium also has a website with additional information
Posted: 09 Jun 2011 09:16 AM Originally Posted: 09 Jun 2011 09:17 AM