Last Modified: September 18, 2013
QuestionOur doctor said that the radiation for my so's brain cancer may lead to problems with fertility when he is older. How does radiation to the brain effect fertility in a kid who has't even hit puberty yet?
Connie DiDomenico, Pediatric Nurse Practitioner, responds:
There are parts of the brain that are responsible for hormone regulation and this includes hormones responsible for sexual organs and their development. If radiation is delivered in an area of the brain like the pituitary or hypothalamus, this could affect sexual development. Patients who have had this radiation will likely receive some synthetic hormones to help them have normal puberty.
May 11, 2012 - In children and adolescents with brain tumors treated with proton radiation, health-related quality of life scores are affected by both disease type and treatment, with assessments made by the patients correlating well with those of their parents, according to a study published online May 7 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology.
Nov 3, 2011