Abstract

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 (pā€‰=ā€‰0.0004). We demonstrated that a fertility education intervention could improve knowledge regarding infertility risk assessment and fertility preservation options. 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 (pā€‰=ā€‰0.0004). We demonstrated that a fertility education intervention could improve knowledge regarding infertility risk assessment and fertility preservation options.

DOI 10.1080/08880018.2021.1928348