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Preservation of fertility in cancer patients

Women might be able to store eggs prior to undergoing cancer therapy in new improved methods of cryopreservation of their eggs. Previously, eggs could be frozen, but ice crystals would form inside the egg, destroying them when thawed. Vitrification is the rapid freezing of the egg that happens so quickly ice crystals fail to form and the eggs retain their viability. When women are exposed to chemotherapy and radiation therapy for treatment of such cancers as breast or pelvic cancer, there is a high risk that the treatment can also affect their reproductive organs, causing infertility. With cryopreservation and assisted reproductive technology, particularly intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI), women should be able to retain their right to conceive after cancer therapy. Men can also benefit from the technology with freezing sperm.

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About: Preservation of fertility in cancer patients

Date: 30 May 2005

Source: Medical News Today

URL: http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/medicalnews.php?newsid=25352

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This summary article refers to the following medical categories:

  • Cause of infertility
  • Side effects and chemotherapy
  • Side effects and radiation therapy
  • Side effects and cancer therapy
  • Side effects and cryopreservation
  • Side effects and assisted reproductive technology
  • Side effects and intracytoplasmic sperm injection
  • Side effects and IVF
  • Research and infertility
  • Research and cancer therapy
  • Research and cryopreservation
  • Research and vitrification
  • Research and breast cancer
  • Research and pelvic cancer
  • Research and chemotherapy complication
  • Research and radiotherapy complications
  • Research and intracytoplasmic sperm injection (ICSI)
  • Research and IVF
  • Research and conceiving
  • Research and male fertility
  • Research and female fertility

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