[ Inglese] Does CLL Affect Fertility?

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As part of our “Ask the Expert” series, Dr. William Wierda, a world-renowned CLL expert from MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, discusses the effect of CLL and CLL treatment on fertility.

The Ask the Expert series is sponsored through an educational grant to the Patient Empowerment Network from Pharmacyclics, Inc.

 

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Jeff Folloder:

Here's a question we get all the time:  Does CLL affect fertility?

Dr. Wierda:

CLL itself doesn't necessarily affect fertility.  It's an interesting question, and the reason it's interesting to me is because CLL is typically referred to as a disease of older people.  So the average age at diagnosis is 72, and so most individuals are over 60, over 65 when they're diagnosed with the disease.  Most individuals in that age category aren't thinking or worrying about their fertility.

That being said, I do see—for example, I saw a 43-year-old patient in my clinic yesterday who had already had his children but—and wasn't planning on having more children, but we do occasionally see a younger individual who may--who may be thinking about their fertility, and actually we've had patients that we follow here at Anderson who have conceived after their diagnosis of CLL and carried normal pregnancies.  So the disease itself doesn't necessarily affect fertility. It's more common in individuals who aren't considering their fertility or worried about their fertility.

The treatments that we use can affect fertility while patients are getting the treatment.  We don't recommend that anybody get pregnant, either—either male or female while they're receiving treatment.  And after they've completed treatment and are in remission, then considering having children is—you can consider having children after that.

Please remember the opinions expressed on Patient Power are not necessarily the views of our sponsors, contributors, partners or Patient Power. Our discussions are not a substitute for seeking medical advice or care from your own doctor. That’s how you’ll get care that’s most appropriate for you.

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