Authors: Alexandra Trăilă1, Elisabeta-Ioana Chera1,2, Patriciu Achimaş-Cadariu1,3, Alina Elena Pârvu2
1 School of Medicine, “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Farmacy Cluj-Napoca, Romania
2 Department of Functional Sciences, Pathophysiology Discipline, “Iuliu Haţieganu” University of Medicine and Pharmacy Cluj-Napoca, Romania
3 Surgical Oncology, “Ion Chiricuţă” Oncology Institute Cluj-Napoca, Romania
Background. In the last 20 years, the survival rate in pediatric cancer patients has increased considerably, raising awareness about fertility and life quality. It is well known that physical activity plays an important role in cancer prevention and rehabilitation.
Aims. The current study aimed to raise awareness about oncofertility and poor fertility counselling, highlighting the need for improvement and whether or not physical activity should be introduced as a rehabilitation method in cancer patients.
Methods. Of 125 female patients, only 30 were included in the study after applying the inclusion criteria. The subjects received a questionnaire containing 14 questions about their fertility status, oncologic treatment, and rehabilitation counselling.
Results. The results showed that more than 86% of the subjects did not receive rehabilitation counselling, including fertility preservation methods and physical activity, and 80% could not conceive after cancer treatment. The results were statistically insignificant (p>0.05) because of the small number of subjects included in the study.
Conclusions. The lack of rehabilitation counselling leads to an increase in infertility and a decrease in life quality. Rehabilitation through physical activity should become a standard care option for these patients, improving mental and physical health.
Key words: oncopediatry, fertility, rehabilitation, physical activity.