Sperm Banking Among Adolescents Newly Diagnosed With Cancer: Development of a Profiling and Referral Tool
Despite the known adverse effects of specific cancer treatments on fertility, only 18-26% of at-risk adolescents and young men cryopreserve sperm prior to cancer treatment in the US: These already less than optimal rates of sperm banking are even lower among adolescents who have increased anxiety at cancer diagnosis, are lower in age and socioeconomic status, of Evangelical religious orientation, or are diagnosed with leukemia/lymphoma: It is not clear why sperm banking is underutilized, particularly in light of the high priority that survivors of childhood cancer place on fertility and the high psychological distress associated with fertility loss. Studies addressing sperm banking among adults with cancer suggest that factors such as poor physician communication and the resulting lack of fertility-risk knowledge by patients contributes to the low frequency of sperm cryopreservation. No well-designed studies have examined risk factors associated with failure to bank sperm among adolescents with cancer, a developmentally distinct population ripe for intervention.
This study plans to enroll 206 adolescent males and 412 parents/guardians.
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Predictors of Adolescent Sperm Banking: Development of a Profiling and Referral Tool|
- Investigation of factors predictive of sperm banking outcome [ Time Frame: 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Investigate factors predictive of banking sperm/not banking sperm among at-risk adolescents newly diagnosed with cancer. Psychological, health belief, demographic, developmental, parental/guardian, provider, and medical factors will be tested in models of sperm banking outcome.
- Develop and evaluate a Profiling and Referral Tool designed to increase clinical referrals and decrease barriers to sperm banking. [ Time Frame: 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]To utilize factors most predictive of sperm banking outcome to develop a brief Profiling and Referral Tool designed to increase sperm banking among teens newly diagnosed with cancer. Implementation of the developed Profiling and Referral Tool will be feasible based on provider and family report.
|Study Start Date:||July 2010|
|Study Completion Date:||June 2014|
|Primary Completion Date:||June 2014 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Adolescent Male Participants
Self-report questionnaire data will be collected one time, between Days 1-7 post initiation of cancer therapy(e.g. Days 2-8 of being "on-treatment" for cancer) among eligible participants and their families who enroll on the study. Patients who agree to participate will be asked to complete a battery of paper and pencil questionnaires (which will also be available on-line if preferred) that assess risk/protective factors for sperm banking. When the banking recommendation is "Yes" or "further assessment required," the profiling and referral tool will be given to the family and instructions for completion will be provided. The tool will include a list of key items which will be based on the most influential barriers to banking sperm.
This study will identify factors predictive of sperm banking/not sperm banking in order to design interventions for increasing fertility preservation among adolescent males newly diagnosed with cancer. Specifically, this study aims to investigate psychological, demographic, developmental, parent/guardian, provider, and medical factors predictive of sperm banking outcomes among at-risk adolescents with cancer. Once these factors have been identified, the study will develop a novel Profiling and Referral Tool. This instrument will ultimately serve as an intervention for both healthcare providers and families through the facilitation of appropriate referrals, and tailored interventions for decreasing barriers to sperm banking. Finally, the feasibility of the Profiling and Referral tool will be evaluated based on provider and family report.
Please refer to this study by its ClinicalTrials.gov identifier: NCT01152268
|United States, California|
|City of Hope|
|Duarte, California, United States, 91010|
|Mattel Children's Hospital|
|Los Angeles, California, United States, 90095|
|United States, Georgia|
|Children's Healthcare of Atlanta|
|Atlanta, Georgia, United States, 30342|
|United States, Massachusetts|
|Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Children's Hospital Boston|
|Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02115|
|United States, Michigan|
|The University of Michigan|
|Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States, 48109|
|United States, Tennessee|
|St. Jude Children's Research Hospital|
|Memphis, Tennessee, United States, 38105|
|United States, Texas|
|Cook Children's Medical Center|
|Fort Worth, Texas, United States, 76104|
|United States, Utah|
|Primary Children's Medical Center|
|Salt Lake City, Utah, United States, 84113|
|The Hospital for Sick Children|
|Toronto, Ontario, Canada, M5G1X8|
|Principal Investigator:||James Klosky, Ph.D||St. Jude Children's Research Hospital|