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Ovarian Transplant Technique Preserves Fertility in Cancer Patients

by Tasheema Prince,  The American Journal of Hematology/Oncology ,  Aug 7, 2009
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Researchers in France have developed a new technique for transplanting ovaries in women whose ovaries have been frozen because of cancer treatment.

According to researchers, the two-step method, outlined at the 25th annual conference of the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology, worked to quickly restore ovarian function, with the research team reporting that 1 patient from the clinic had already given birth and others have become pregnant.

For the 2-stage procedure, small pieces of frozen tissue in the ovarian and peritoneal areas are grafted, and then 3 days later, the actual transplant surgery is conducted.

In the press release announcing the study, the researcher team, led by Pascal Priver, MD, from the IVF Centre at Limoges University Hospital in Limoges, France, reported that 1 of their patients recovered spontaneous ovulation in 4 months after suffering from menopause for 8 ½ years.

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