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A breakthrough for cancer victims

2017-01-06 21:20:12
A breakthrough for cancer victims

Online Desk: Most women blasted with toxic drugs to treat their cancer become infertile, but scientists have found for the first time their ovaries could be saved.

Grafting part of a healthy ovary onto one destroyed by chemotherapy was found to help it start working again.

A breakthrough for cancer victims could prevent women becoming infertile after chemotherapy.

Most women blasted with toxic drugs to treat their cancer become infertile, but scientists have found for the first time their ovaries could be saved.

Grafting part of a healthy ovary onto one destroyed by chemotherapy was found to help it start working again.

It comes a month after Moaza Al Matrooshi, 24, became the first woman in the world to give birth after having her ovary removed as a child, frozen and part of it reimplanted.

But despite the excitement over implanted ovarian tissue, it was not known that it could rescue the dying ovary still in the body, triggering it to produce eggs capable of making a baby.

It means women like Miss Al Matrooshi who freeze their ovaries to have a family after beating serious illness may not have to rely on tissue with potentially only a limited number of eggs, which could run out before they become pregnant or complete their family.

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