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Ovarian cryopreservation may be unsafe in leukemia patients

from Medscape Medical News

Ovarian tissue cryopreservation is a relatively new option for cancer patients who wish to preserve fertility prior to undergoing chemotherapy and radiotherapy. But even though autotransplantation of frozen–thawed ovarian tissue harvested before chemotherapy/radiotherapy has thus far led to 13 live births, a serious risk might accompany this procedure. In a report published online in Blood, researchers believe that this method of fertility preservation might be unsafe for patients with leukemia. The risk is that the reimplanted tissue might harbor malignant cells that could induce disease recurrence. more

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