Israelis have invented a new method of fertility preservation for cancer patients

Unfortunately, such a terrible disease as cancer strikes more and more young women of child-bearing age.

Fortunately, today, thanks to the modern medicine, oncology is no longer a sentence, and yesterday's cancer patients have every chance to live a long and happy life. However, the drugs used in the treatment of cancer, can have side effects, and one of the most serious of them is infertility.

Until recently there was only one way to save women's fertility - cryopreservation of oocytes for subsequent in vitro fertilization procedure.

May 16, 2013 the results of a study, conducted by a group of Israeli doctors headed by Professor Dror Meirovym from the hospital "Sheba" and Professor Benjamin Sardani from Bar-Ilan University were published in the journal Science Translational Medicine. The scientists seem to have opened a new way to prevent infertility after the chemotherapy.

For several years, Israeli doctors studied the impact of chemotherapy on women's reproductive system. Finally they managed to find out that the procedure doesn’t destroy the eggs, but contributes to a sharp acceleration of their development and maturation.

In experiments on laboratory animals, the scientists have identified a molecule AS101, the use of which during the treatment can prevent the depletion of the ovarian reserve. If further tests are successful, it will be a real breakthrough in the field of fertility preservation for cancer patients.

Of course, the significance of the discovery made by Israeli doctors is difficult to overestimate. It can be a real salvation for those women who have to face difficult treatment and give them hope to have their own children. However, it’s too early to talk about the widespread dissemination of the new method, as for the moment, all the experiments were carried out only on animals, and not one year should pass before its introduction into the mass use. For the moment, proven and well-established techniques of oocytes and embryos cryopreservation can help such patients.