New Treatment May Help Prevent InfertilityThe Breast Cancer Site
By Robyn Nazar for eMaxHealth.com
Young women undergoing chemotherapy for breast cancer may be able to prevent infertility by temporarily suppressing their ovarian function with a new drug treatment, says study.
Approximately 6% of women diagnosed with breast cancer are under 40 years of age and treatment significantly compromises their ability to have children in the future. In approximately 60% of cases chemotherapy regimens and hormonal treatments can cause a woman’s ovaries to go into premature menopause, which defined by the World Health Organization as no menstrual periods for 12 months.