Are you a man who will receive treatment for a medical condition that may result in infertility (inability to have your own children)? You may be able to participate in a research study to develop ways to preserve testicular tissue and possibly preserve fertility.
The purpose of this study is to help researchers develop techniques for long-term preservation of testicular function through freezing of testicular tissue and/or cells prior to therapies that are likely to cause infertility (for example, chemotherapy, radiation, surgery).
Researchers will store frozen testicular tissue and/or cells for you as a potential resource in the event you want to attempt to restore your fertility in the future.
This study will also provide a portion of your tissue for research to advance the understanding of the best techniques for freezing testicular tissue/cells, and the methods of identifying and removing contaminating cancer cells in testicular tissue.
COULD THIS STUDY BE RIGHT FOR YOU?
• Men 18 years of age or older who will be undergoing treatment for a medical condition which may result in their infertility (inability to have your own children)
WHAT PARTICIPANTS CAN EXPECT
An outpatient surgical procedure lasting about 1 hour to obtain testicular tissue.
The study team will contact you every year by phone or mail to follow your medical and fertility status over time.
IRB:STUDY19020220B - Testicular tissue cryopreservation for fertility preservation in patients facing infertility-causing diseases or treatment regimens
VISITS: 1 study visit and annual follow-up calls
Magee-Womens Hospital of UPMC