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Predictors of Adolescent Sperm Banking: Development of a Profiling and Referral Tool

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Trial Information

Predictors of Adolescent Sperm Banking: Development of a Profiling and Referral Tool

This study will identify factors predictive of sperm banking/not sperm banking in order to
design interventions for increasing fertility preservation among adolescent males newly
diagnosed with cancer. Specifically, this study aims to investigate psychological,
demographic, developmental, parent/guardian, provider, and medical factors predictive of
sperm banking outcomes among at-risk adolescents with cancer. Once these factors have been
identified, the study will develop a novel Profiling and Referral Tool. This instrument
will ultimately serve as an intervention for both healthcare providers and families through
the facilitation of appropriate referrals, and tailored interventions for decreasing
barriers to sperm banking. Finally, the feasibility of the Profiling and Referral tool will
be evaluated based on provider and family report.

Inclusion Criteria:

- Male participants newly diagnosed with cancer.

- Patients must be between 13 years of age (≥ 13 years) and 21 years of age (< 22
years) at time of study enrollment.

- Participant Identified as Tanner stage III or higher.

- Participant identified by his oncologist (or designee) as being at risk for
treatment-related infertility.

- Proficiency speaking and reading English or Spanish.

- Cognitive capacity to complete study questionnaires.

Exclusion Criteria:

- Participant previously treated for cancer.

- History of mental retardation or severe cognitive or learning impairment.

Type of Study:


Study Design:

Observational Model: Case-Only, Time Perspective: Prospective

Outcome Measure:

Investigation of factors predictive of sperm banking outcome

Outcome Description:

Investigate factors predictive of banking sperm/not banking sperm among at-risk adolescents newly diagnosed with cancer. Psychological, health belief, demographic, developmental, parental/guardian, provider, and medical factors will be tested in models of sperm banking outcome.

Outcome Time Frame:

3 years

Safety Issue:


Principal Investigator

James Klosky, Ph.D

Investigator Role:

Principal Investigator

Investigator Affiliation:

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital


United States: Institutional Review Board

Study ID:




Start Date:

July 2010

Completion Date:

June 2015

Related Keywords:

  • Cancer
  • sperm banking
  • Adolescent males
  • Infertility
  • Adolescents diagnosed with cancer



Primary Children's Medical CenterSalt Lake City, Utah  84113-1100
City of HopeDuarte, California  91010
Cook's Children's Medical CenterFort Worth, Texas  76104
Children's Healthcare of AtlantaAtlanta, Georgia  30342
The University of MichiganAnn Arbor, Michigan  48109
St . Jude Children's Research HospitalMemphis, Tennessee  38105
Mattel Children's HospitalLos Angeles, California  90095
Dana-Farber Cancer Institute/Children's Hospital BostonBoston, Massachusetts  02115