Published On: Fri, May 20th, 2016

New technique to have fertility in cancer patients

Modern technological treatment

Modern technological treatment

Some of the cancers that most frequently affect women are breast, colon, endometrial, lung, and cervical, skin, and ovarian cancers. It is good to identify them early by finding them, when they are small and easier to treat, this can help to save your life.

Most of the time it is said to avoid fertility while treating cancer. But researchers have developed a new technique that can assist in preserving fertility in female cancer patients while getting treatments like radiation and chemotherapy.

Ewelina Bolcun-Filas from The Jackson Laboratory in the US stated that “The good news is that more young women are surviving cancer. But many cancer treatments increase the risk of premature ovarian insufficiency (POI) and infertility,”

Whereas helped reproductive technologies can deal with infertility, she added, they fail to preserve ovaries’ natural function — which has an imperative role in women’s health that goes away from reproduction.

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Bolcun-Filas and co-researcher Terri L Woodward from the University of Texas elaborated their new technique in an insight article cited in the journal Cell Press Trends in Cancer.

A lot of cancer treatments source for DNA harm, not just in cancer cells, but furthermore in normal tissue for example in ovaries. The natural retort to this harm is considered to be the removal of injured oocytes by apoptosis — or programmed cell death.

Their innovative technique — developed by studies in mice — emphasizes that targeting proteins included in apoptosis defends oocytes and avoids infertility in females contacted to radiation. The researchers evaluated results representing that how cancer therapies persuade apoptotic death in oocytes and how this information could be applied to design better treatments.

The researchers further continued as “A better appreciation of oocyte response to radiation and anti-cancer drugs will uncover new targets for the development of specialized therapies to prevent ovarian failure,”

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