Fertility treatment is now being possible even after the most crucial treatment of cancer disease. This news has published on Tuesday October 6 in the Health Day News. Young women who are suffering from the life threatening disease Cancer can be able to conceive naturally. Cancer treatment requires powerful chemotherapy and radiation treatment which can damage the women’s fertility. According to this new study, the ovarian tissues transplant s is safe and it’s effective too. It poses little risk of the cancer coming back. The lead Danish researcher Dr. Annette Jensen says, this procedure is gaining ground popularity worldwide as an optional treatment for those female who are fertile but unfortunately they become infertile after cancer treatment. This procedure can help several women who are fertile and survive cancer should be able to get pregnant and have healthy children.
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Dr. Annette Jensen says, 10 out of 32 women got pregnant and had a child who had ovarian tissues frozen and transplanted in the study. All around the world there are so many women suffering from this dangerous disease dreams to enjoy normal life but they just survive. So, this research will give them a new hope to live their lifespan happily without the regret of infertile. It will shift their focus from survival to good quality of life. Dr. Claus Yding Andersen, senior researcher and a professor of human reproductive physiology at the University of Copenhagen says fertility is very important matter in many young women’s life. They just want to become pregnant and have their own child and if they are unable to get it, it becomes the most frustrated thing in their life. Andersen says, the tissue restores the ovarian organ function and women will regain menstrual cycle and sex hormones level that will avoid menopause too.
This new research is called as “innovative and exciting” by Dr. Avner Hershlag, chief of the Center for Human Reproduction at North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset, N.Y. he says, simultaneous advances in cancer treatment and reproductive medicine have made these scientific leaps possible.
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However, Hershlag says, he wants to see pregnancy result above 31% and with frozen embryos pregnancy rate is close to 50% and results are getting better. He says referring to other option for women who are looking for a future pregnancy; it remains to be the better option for them. For the study purpose, the researchers reviewed the outcomes of 53 transplantation of thawed ovarian tissue in 41 Danish women. They followed the women for 10 years and found ovarian function fertile and safe. Researchers say, the average age of women was 30 when the tissue was removed and frozen and average age of the first transplant was 33. Out of 53 women 32 women got pregnant. Ten women got successful pregnancy with at-least 1 child. There were total 14 children. Eight were conceived naturally and six were through IVF. Two women had abortion due to one has some personal reason and other because of her breast cancer recurred. One woman had miscarriage and 3 women had passed ten years since the ovarian tissue transplantation. For six women it was more than 8 years and for 15 women, this transplantation has taken place five years earlier. Rest of 3 women had a relapse of their cancer, these relapses did not appear related to the tissue transplantation and no cancer developed in the transplanted tissue.
So, some of these women who got pregnant and have at least one child may conceive again and have more children. They can avoid menopausal symptoms too.
Jensen says, all women suffering from cancer is not eligible for ovarian tissue transplant especially patients who are suffering from Leukemia because ovarian tissue may harbor the cancer cells in type of cancer.