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New Option for Fertility after Cancer
A few weeks ago, 17-year-old Julianna Mai was diagnosed with cancer, and she is on her second round of chemo. Not only is she fighting cancer, she also had to make a choice about her future as a parent, a decision 130,000 newly-diagnosed cancer patients of reproductive age must make every year. Since Julianne needed chemo right away, she opted to have one of her ovaries removed and frozen for the future. Ovaries are transplanted either back in the forearm or chest wall because of the rich blood supply found there. Later, in-vitro fertilization can take place. The technique is still experimental and has only resulted in 18 pregnancies worldwide.