BBC News has today reported that a young boy with an inoperable brain tumour has had testicular tissue frozen.
Responding to the story, Kate Lee, Chief Executive of CLIC Sargent, the children and young people’s cancer support charity, said: “Every year, thousands of parents who receive the devastating news that their child has cancer can then face additional worries that their child's life-saving treatment could leave them unable to have their own family.
“Although at this early stage it is difficult to predict how successful this new technique will be, it is certainly a fantastic opportunity for the young boy and family involved, and a positive step forward.
“We hope that, in the future, many more children and young people who go through cancer treatment will be able to access fertility preserving techniques.
“But it’s incredibly important that young people and families can talk through the options available and are offered emotional support, whatever the outcome might be.”
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CLIC Sargent is the UK’s leading cancer charity for children and young people, and their families. We provide clinical, practical and emotional support to help them cope with cancer and its impact on their lives. For more information visit www.clicsargent.org.uk