September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month - FOX34 Lubbock

September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

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LUBBOCK, Texas -

Each year more than 15,000 kids and young adults are diagnosed with cancer. Most of them will undergo radiation or chemotherapy treatments.

Ryan Owen, a urologist with Covenant Medical Center, said a side effect of those treatments, infertility. Owen specializes in male fertility preservation. He said while it's not as common for males it's important parents look into the option.

"For females, it's a little bit more well known, it'd be like harvesting eggs, for men, very similar, we can collect the specimen, or we can surgically harvest or extract sperm for what's called cyro-preservation, which is freezing or sperm banking and that can be used later down the line whenever they want to have children," Owen said. 

Owen said harvesting will only be done once the patient reaches puberty and added the key is to offer this option early on in the treatment process.

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