Cryogenic Preservation's Lasting Effects

by cronka95 on December 12, 2016 - 2:29pm

Amanda Cronk

Professor Decker

Bio 109


Cryogenic Preservation's Lasting Effects

My article of choice was based on Hodgkin lymphoma in men that are survivors whom wanted to father a child post treatment. I chose this article because my live in partner is a childhood cancer survivor of Hodgkin’s lymphoma whom has been told by various doctors that he is unable to father a child naturally. The article I chose described a Dr. Marleen van der Kaaij’s work from the Groningen, Netherlands at their University Medical Centre in cryogenic preservation. Cryogenic Preservation is the freezing of male semen prior to the treatment of cancer. Her research was done via the survey method and boasted a sixty-two percent success rate of remission cancer patients conceiving children with the aforementioned frozen semen. Prior to 1994, when cryogenic preservation began to be widely used almost none of the male Hodgkin lymphoma patients conceived children.

Beginning in the 1990’s is when the process became more affluent in both the medical and treatment of communities. It is unfortunate that it was not discovered to patients prior to 1994 and it is also unfortunate that my partner’s parents could not afford cryogenic preservation and has left our relationship with an infant void. A lot of my partner’s problems with depression, anxiety and self-confidence are based upon his inability to conceive a child. This article caught my attention because it is related to an issue that directly affects my family. I agree with it because it gives the men hope and opportunity to conceive children post cancer treatment. I also disagree because of the costs involved when cancer treatment itself is very costly even when you have decent health insurance coverage.

This affects my family because we cannot have a child together leaving his parents without a biological grandchild and also affecting his mental health being unable to conceive a child. The world can be affected positively because men in past who were not able to conceive children are now able to. I think the research should go in the direction of trying to find some way or hope for those who did not have the opportunity of cryogenic preservation to conceive a child. The effects on the next generation are mutually inconceivable, unless advancements are made for a way for patients who did not have the option of cryogenic preservation and cannot conceive naturally to be able to have children. I also feel we should try and research ways to make this more financially accessible to those in need especially the children that are affected by this as they at that point have no idea what is in store for their lives.

As a spit-balling idea to make cryogenic preservation more accessible to future generations is to have universities research the idea with grant monies rather than with heath care subsidiaries. Scientists could keep costs down by allowing them use student researchers versus paid researchers in order to test the scientific method. I know that there are many generations that could benefit from this possibility because as aforementioned, I would have been a benefactor to this research had my live-in partner been able to have his semen frozen years ago, as he wants a child of his own now.