Testicular Cancer Treatment Unlikely To Cause Birth Defects

Testicular Cancer treatment Birth Defects

There is a lot of anxiety associated with testicular cancer treatment. Whenever somebody is poking around down there, your delicate testicles are at risk. And while many men opt to have sperm preserved before they start treatment just in case the worst comes to pass, others cross their fingers and hope for the best. However, a recent study from Lund University in Sweden should set minds at ease for testicular cancer patients worried about an increased risk of birth defects in their children.

Chemotherapy and radiation therapy can cause unwanted damage to tissues, and the reproductive organs are very fragile. For the study, the team followed over 2,400 men who fathered 4,200 children between 1994 and 2014. The testicular cancer patients were found to have an extremely slight lift in birth defects – approximately 4 in every 100 children – but this is statistically minor.

Lead researcher Yahia Al-Jebari said in his report “We did see a slightly raised risk to children of these fathers, but this was only very small and was not associated with treatment given. Patients should be reassured that this is not a cause for concern.” More research needs to be done, but it’s a very promising step forward for men looking to continue their lineage.

Read more at U.S. News and World Report.