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Fertility restored after chemotherapy
A woman has had her fertility restored in an experimental treatment after chemotherapy left her infertile, it has been reported.
Dr Stinne Bergholdt from Denmark had part of her right ovary removed and frozen before she underwent treatment for a rare bone cancer, Ewing's Sarcoma.
The drugs to treat the cancer made her infertile but once she had completed her treatment, the frozen ovary tissue was thawed and re-implanted, allowing her to successfully conceive two children.
This is the first time a woman has had two separate pregnancies following this type of transplant and the research, which will be published in the journal Human Reproduction, is still in its early stages.
Although the case study sounds encouraging, it is a single-case report meaning they cannot fully inform on any potential risks or harms of the treatment.
They also cannot assess which women would be suitable candidates for the procedure, warns the NHS Choices website.
Posted by Paul Robertson
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