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A win for young breast cancer patients: Drug helps preserve fertility after chemo, study finds
Reported by: Associated Press
Reported: Friday, May 30, 2014 2:02 PM EDT
Doctors may have a way to help young breast cancer patients avoid infertility caused by chemotherapy. Giving a drug to shut down the ovaries temporarily seems to boost the odds they will work after treatment ends, and it might even improve survival.
Two years after cancer treatment ended, women whose ovaries were suppressed were less likely to suffer early menopause, and twice as many of them became pregnant compared to others in the study.
Results were discussed Friday at a cancer conference in Chicago.