Breakthrough

Study finds infertility caused by cancer treatment can be safely reversed

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For many women facing cancer, treatment comes at the cost of their fertility. But a new study from a team of experts in Denmark appears to have found a solution: after implanting ovarian tissue previously been taken from the patient and frozen, one in three women succeeded in having a baby. Half of these children were conceived with the help of in-vitro fertilization, the other half the old-fashioned way and, even after ten years, in some women the transplanted tissue remained active. Not all the women who underwent the procedure hoped to have children — implanting ovarian tissue also allowed women to reverse treatment-induced menopause. The procedure had initially faced skepticism from doctors because of worries it could cause recurrence of cancers. But the first results are now in, and of the 41 women in the study, none suffered recurrence as a result of the surgery. In Denmark, young women with cancer are routinely offered ovarian tissue freezing. With these stunning results, the rest of the world may soon be following suit.

Read the full story at the Guardian.

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