Fertility preservation education for pediatric hematology-oncology
fellows, faculty and advanced practice providers: A pilot study
Infertility secondary to chemotherapy and/or myeloablative conditioning
regimens prior to stem cell transplantation 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’ pre-test
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.