Lymphoma Treatment May Harm, Halt Men's Sperm Production

“Treatment for lymphoma may lower men’s fertility, new research indicates.

“Both Hodgkin lymphoma and non-Hodgkin lymphoma, which are cancers of the body’s white blood cells, often affect young people who are still in their reproductive years. For men, treatment for these cancers can harm or halt sperm production. Although most men regain their fertility within two years of treatment, the researchers cautioned that men should be counseled about the possibility of this significant side effect before treatment begins.

” ‘While many men can look forward to their fertility returning after treatment is over, not all will be so fortunate,’ Dr. Rebecca Sokol, president of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine, said in a society news release. ‘It is imperative that prior to the initiation of therapy, counseling and sperm preservation be made available to all lymphoma patients and their partners who may want to have children in the future.'”

Radiation Therapists Lack Counseling to Address Erectile Dysfunction in Prostate Cancer

“Further education is needed for radiation therapists on providing psychosexual counseling and clinical information to patients with prostate cancer experiencing erectile dysfunction, according to findings presented at the Congress of the European Society for Radiotherapy and Oncology.

” ‘We found that a large proportion of therapists either did not address erectile dysfunction during discussions with patients about their disease, or only mentioned it if the patient raised the issue first,’ Carla O’Connell, a radiation therapist at Trinity College in Dublin, said in a press release. ‘As far as we could ascertain, in many cases neither therapist nor patient felt comfortable enough to raise the topic. A lack of time and the perception that patients do not expect radiation therapists to ask about sexual matters were the biggest barriers to addressing the problems of erectile dysfunction that we found.’ “