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Local Research Ethics Committees’ approval was obtained.


Single interviews were undertaken that focused on the young men’s Vardenafil online pharmacy and parents’ retrospective perceptions of the content and style of communication within the family and with professionals surrounding the decision-making about, and management of, sperm storage following a diagnosis of cancer. A qualitative approach was used to allow respondents to raise issues pertinent to them. Prompts were made either for clarification or when respondents appeared to have completed their narrative. Towards the end, the researcher invited comment on areas not spontaneously covered using a topic guide. Permission was given for all interviews to be taped and transcribed.

Framework analysis was used to analyse the interview data. Two researchers, including the one who conducted the interviews, separately read and analysed the transcripts to identify themes, then a final framework was reached through discussion between the researchers. Respondents were sent summaries of the analysis before the full report was written in order to test the researchers’ interpretations against the research participants’ perceptions. Finally, findings from the interviews with professionals, the young men and their parents were compared.


Potential recruits who were under 18 (the age of consent in England) and post-Tanner Stage 22 at diagnosis were approached by paediatric oncology staff when they were not undergoing intensive treatment Cialis medstore online. Their involvement was discussed with their parents/carers where appropriate (and always if they were under 16). Parents were invited to be interviewed, with their sons’ permission.

Due to high levels of relapse in the potential sample, only nine young men were approached. Of these, seven young men and five sets of parents agreed to participate. Five young men were interviewed alone while two opted to have a parent present.

There was a diversity among the young men according to age (14 to 17 at diagnosis and 16 to 20 at interview); ethnicity (six White, one Asian); disability (one had a prior physical disability and at least one had learning difficulties); living situation (with a single parent, both parents, another family member and alone; and employment situation (in education, full time employment, unemployed/on sick leave) and cancer type. Two parents were lone parents; three were from twoparent families.

To maintain confidentiality, their situation is not generally referred to. The analysis did not reveal differences related to specific situations. Quotes are drawn from all respondents.