Thursday, June 09, 2005

Fertility Preservation

You may have seen the recent story on what is being called the first successful ovary transplant in the United States (if not, get it from CNN here, or Reuters via MedlinePlus). Although not directly related to this story, it reminded me that women may experience infertility after radiation or chemotherapy for cancer. MayoClinic.com has a clear overview of how cancer affects fertility and different options for patients, called "Fertility and Cancer: What you Need to Know Before You Begin Treatment." The American Society for Reproductive Medicine also has a fact sheet on the topic (in PDF format).
fertileHOPE - provides financial assistance to cancer patients for egg, embryo, and sperm freezing prior to cancer treatment
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