#33388

This is an important topic and i think a difficult one to navigate. I think it would be important to provide the same information to both parents, ideally at the same time and allow the space for them to disagree so long as it is done civilly. Depending what the family’s communication patterns are, the family dynamic, and patient’s age, I may need to speak with each parent and the patient separately thereafter to learn more about their goals with addressing fertility concerns. From my understanding, if both parents share custody, only one parent would need to consent to fertility preservation and the patient provide assent to any procedure needed. If the patient is mature and cognitively able to make informed decisions about fertility preservations, i would focus on what the patient’s goals are with the parents and again allow space for disagreement. If treatment is being postponed due to fertility preservation disagreements I would consider consulting with the ethics team for another perspective

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