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fertility after chemo – what can be done for women?

Just because I (Frederick Gaston, Lead Counsel and Founder) practice law does not mean that I am not forever fascinated by the medical aspects of Assisted Reproduction. So, what if women did not have to resort to assisted reproduction after chemo? It looks like “freezing” their ovaries may provide women and their families other options.

According to NBC News,

A new approach that “freezes” the ovaries for a few months may help some young women have babies after they’ve undergone chemotherapy for cancer, researchers reported on Friday. The treatment stops the ovaries from producing eggs while the chemotherapy is working, then allows the woman’s fertility to resume. It can be a life-changing approach for young women diagnosed with cancer before they’ve started or finished their families and who risk becoming infertile because of the harsh treatments. The findings by a team of researchers around the world and presented at a meeting this week of the American Society for Clinical Oncology, startled researchers, who were not sure the experiment would work. “It was just done by a guess,” said Dr. Richard Schilsky, chief medical officer for ASCO, who was not involved in the study. “If this is consistent, it could have a profound influence on people,” Schilsky told NBC News. “I think this could have a pretty broad impact.”

Read more here about this exciting discovery.