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Fertility preservation education for pediatric hematology-oncology fellows, faculty and advanced practice providers: a pilot study

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posted on 2021-05-24, 15:20 authored by Kristiyana Kaneva, Laura Erickson, Erin Rowell, Sherif M. Badawy

Infertility secondary to chemotherapy, myeloablative conditioning regimens prior to stem cell transplantation, radiation therapy, and/or surgery is an important cause of morbidity and psychosocial distress among pediatric cancer patients. Known options exist for fertility preservation; however, knowledge among providers varies. We conducted a pilot study with an educational intervention over one-hour for hematology-oncology faculty, fellows, and advanced practice providers. Participants completed pre-/post-test assessment on fertility preservation knowledge. Participants’ pretest mean (SD) score was 53% (17%), which significantly increased to 72% (11%) in the post-test (p = 0.0004). We demonstrated that a fertility education intervention could improve knowledge regarding infertility risk assessment and fertility preservation options.