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Jan 12, 2006

What's The Chance You Can Be A Mother Again?

What's The Chance You Can Be A Mother Again?
My friend Cathy was diagnosed with breast cancer at an early age of 37. She had one of those breast cancer associated genes called BRCA1. Cathy had involvement of one of fifteen lymph nodes that were removed at the time of her lumpectomy. She had undergone chemotherapy that lasted for about 6 months and now she is on a hormonal drug to prevent the recurrence of breast cancer. Cathy was premneopausal prior to the chemotherapy, but the chemotherapy has stopped her menstrual periods. She wants to to have one more baby when all this breast cancer treatment is over, but her menstrual period has not restarted now four years after completion of chemotherapy.

Women like Cathy are not alone. Many young women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year and many of them have not completed their families and would like to have children after the treatment is complete. This naturally raises the question of preserving fertility after breast cancer treatment.

A new research from Duke University Medical Center has shown a way to predict development of infertility after chemotherapy. Researchers say that ovarian hormone levels may predict which women are likely to become infertile after chemotherapy to treat breast cancer.

This is an important finding in the fact that this may enable the treating physician to identify those women who are high risk for development of ovarian failure after chemotherapy so that preventive measures may be implemented as per the lead author of the study Carey Anders, M.D.

These researchers have shown that women who developed premature ovarian failure had lower levels of the ovarian hormone called inhibin A prior to initiation of chemotherapy and six months after chemotherapy had ended. Another ovarian hormone called inhibin B was also showed similar low pattern in women who would develop ovarian failure.


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Breast cancer
Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States. Breast cancer ranks second as the leading cause of cancer deaths in American women. Until recently breast cancer topped the list of leading causes of cancer deaths in women, but lately lung cancer has claimed the top position. If skin cancer is excluded, breast cancer is the commonest cancer among American women.

Breast Cancer Blog: What's The Chance You Can Be A Mother Again?

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